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Cadets on parade across the region for Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces day 2023 in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster Cleethorpes, and Scunthorpe - by Captain Neil Bizzell

Cadets on parade across the region for Armed Forces Day

25 June 2023

  • Humberside And South Yorkshire ACF

Armed Forces week is a week long series of events celebrating the contributions of the Armed Forces community. At the very start of the week on the 17th June D and E companies were in Sheffield and Cleethorpes for their events.

In Sheffield at a comparatively small event a group of cadets from Endcliffe Hall represented the Army Cadet Force on the parade. Cadet Oscar Clarke was chosen as one of the members of the Guard of Honour. The Cadets and Staff Sergeant Montgomery then stayed in the city centre manning a recruiting stand for the rest of the day.


Endcliffe on parade

Cadet Oscar Clarke

Cadet Oscar Clarke as part of the guard of honour.

Also on the 17th in Cleethorpes there as an impressive turnout of over 90 Cadets and 15 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers They hosted recruitment stands and displays including; Fieldcraft, First Aid, Expedition, Signals and an area for future cadets to try on all their kit and get a quick lesson in how to apply camouflage cream.

The highlight of the event was a parade that saw hundreds of Cadets, Veterans, Horses, Display Teams, Regular and Reserve Forces, and Military Vehicles past and present. The parade marched through the Streets of Cleethorpes lined with enthusiastic onlookers from all over the local area and even further afield.

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The March past in Cleethorpes

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The recruiting stand ready for action

On Armed Forces Day itself 24th June, several towns and cities held their events. In Rotherham, Rotherham detachment represented D company in the town centre. They paraded around the town and took part in the short service within the town square.

It was Cadet Webster's first parade for armed forces day and it was made extra special as she got to parade with her veteran dad.

Detachment Commander second Lieutenant Louise Gillott said: “They have been practicing really hard at detachment and their efforts really paid off today on parade. They were a credit to Rotherham detachment and Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF.”

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The parade in central Rotherham

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Cadet Webster and her father

In Scunthorpe E company were representing the county with a party of nineteen cadets and three CFAV’s

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The E company contingent formed up

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Recruiting at the event

In Doncaster C Company were on parade for a large event led by The Coldstream Guards. The regiment choosing the occasion to exercise the Freedom of Doncaster. They provided a large Marching contingent led by the Band of The Coldstream Guards. They were followed by veterans and representatives from other branches of the regular and reserve forces, and of course the Cadet Forces, including a large part of C Company led by the Corps of Drums.

Major Erica McCabe, OC C Company, said "Well done to everyone. Today was just incredible we did ourself proud! You all worked so hard in very hot and sticky conditions! A huge well done to Corps of Drums and SMI Bowers you sounded amazing."

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At the end of the parade route

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Humberside and South Yorkshire Corps of Drums