Air Cadets RAF100 Service
This year is the centenary of the RAF, marking its 100th birthday since its creation in 1918. To celebrate this, the Air Cadet Organisation held a service at St. Clement Danes, the central RAF church in Holborn.
RAF cadet Daniel wrote about the day:
“I was one of the lucky four able to attend this service from our school, with hundreds of other cadets turning up from all over the country, even reaching as far as Scotland.
The day started bright and early at 9, when our school met up outside Holborn station, excited for the day ahead. We walked over to Lincoln’s Inn, a square near the church, where we were met with a sea of air cadets. Here, we formed up to create a large parade, complete with the National Marching Band, as well as banners representing all of the Air Cadet regions, as well as the Air Cadet Organisation as a whole. We had a parade, marching over towards St. Clements Danes, and we also had a police escort, who even blocked off the roads to let us march through safely!
As we entered the church, we saw the beauty of the church, complete with gold ornaments, and on the floor was the badge of every RAF squadron, which made for a very interesting walk in. After a short wait, the service began, with interesting speeches from the reverend, as well as other distinguished guests, such as the Commandant of the Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.
We also had a performance from the Air Cadet Choir, who sang a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah. After the service, we walked over to the Royal Courts of Justice, where we were served some canapés, and where we got to talk with cadets and officers. Attending were some very important officers, including Air Marshal Julian Young, who is one of the second highest-ranking officers in the RAF. Also attending was Major General Ranald Munro, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), whom we had the great fortune to have a photo with, and to talk to. As the day grew to a close and we were headed back to Holborn station, we bumped into the Commandant, who we had a conversation with as we headed back home. Overall this was an excellent day, with many thanks to Squadron Leader Steele RAFAC and Flight Lieutenant Regas RAFAC, who helped organise this fabulous day out for us."
On the floor was the badge of every RAF squadron, which made for a very interesting walk in.