Cadets’ Fanfare For The Queen
Five Cadets from the Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums formed a fanfare team to herald the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen to Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire on the 13th June. The visit was part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee tour and was hosted by the Lord Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
Her Majesty arrived at Burghley House by helicopter from Nottingham where about 8,000 people packed into the grounds of the stately home to join the celebrations. This was a very prestigious event for the young trumpeters who did themselves and their County Proud. The Fanfare team included Drum Major Alex Double (18), Sergeant Max Jackson (17) and Lance Corporals Lesley Freestone (16), Shannon Froggat (15) and Tom Hare (15). The team were under the instruction of our Musical Director, Lieutenant John Shaw (51), also present was the Commandant of Cambs ACF, Colonel Roger Herriot (60) and the Commanding Officer of the Corps of Drums, Captain Lynne Herriot (57), who is also the Regional Music Adviser.
The afternoon was packed full of entertainment including The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, various dance and musical groups (representing their different Counties) and a fly past by the Red Arrows and Spitfire. The Blades Aerobatic Display Team also put on spectacular show for the crowds.
The Queen then met with her four Lord Lieutenants before taking part in a ceremonial tree planting ceremony outside the main house, planting a lime tree close to the one Queen Victoria planted on her visit to Burghley House in 1844.
Lt Shaw said “The team were well-rehearsed and performed brilliantly on the day. It was a great opportunity for them and experience they will remember for the rest of their lives”.
By Lt Shaw
Pictures – The Fanfare Team
The Commandant of Cambs ACF (R) with the Commanding Officer of the Corps of Drums (L)
The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly CBE with Her Majesty the Queen