15 November 2012
Last Saturday, 10 November, 50 cadets and Adult Instructors from Greater London, South West Sector took part in the largest unrehearsed public parade through London’s financial district, whilst showcasing some of the local charities that the cadets and adult volunteers have been supporting over the last year.
The day saw a very early start for 50 Army Cadets and Adult Instructors from South West London ACF as they made their way from their Headquarters in Battersea to London Wall in the City for the start of the parade.
The Lord Mayor's Show is over 800 years old and it was the first time these cadets had taken part.
Adult volunteer, Sonia Hicks, from Wimbledon College Detachment said:
"What a great day I had, thanks for another great memory. I always attended with my mum but never imagined I would one day be taking part".
The message of the show this year was Communities and Volunteering, so the cadets chose three charities that they have been involved in over the last year. As part of the cadets' progress they have to spend time being involved with community projects and charities of their choice. This meant that picking the three charities was hard to do as across the area many charities and projects have benefited from the cadets' support.
The cadets themselves rode bikes with flags of the chosen charities as well as carrying balloons and waving flags and giant poppies along the route through the city. The three charities that were supported were:
- ABF The Soldiers' Charity, as this is the Army’s very own charity;
- The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, given the time of year and the number of cadets up and down the country who take part in Poppy selling; and
- The Danny Boy Trust.
This last charity was set up in memory of Rifleman Daniel John Holkham of the 3rd Battalion the Rifles, who died in March 2010 when intercepting a suicide bomber who was driving a vehicle in Sangin Afghanistan, he was aged 19 years. The Holkham Family are very much part of the ACF as all three serving sons had been members of the same cadet detachment before joining the Army. Their mum Tracey is also an adult volunteer with the South West London ACF.
Adult volunteer Major Paul Harrison, said:
"It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves and to have an opportunity to show off the charities that we support was a real honour".
Major Harrison added that they would love to do the show again next year.