On a very cold, damp and windy day, sixty cadets from Chatham Grammar School for Girls and Brompton Academy Combined Cadet Force readied themselves, under the Contingent Commander and fellow instructors, for the Remembrance Parade. Berets adjusted, belts tightened and poppies fitted, formed in three ranks the cadets marched smartly down to the Gillingham War Memorial where they took up their place amongst fellow cadet units representing the RAF, Navy, Scouts and the Regular Army.
Our wreath layers, Evelyn and Charlotte from Chatham Grammar School for Girls, and Adam and Keane from Brompton Academy had been selected, the girls having gone through an intense drill competition to get the honour! After waiting patiently, their moment came and they did not disappoint - such pride, excitement and no doubt a lot of relief after they laid their wreaths.
We marched to St Mark’s Church along Gillingham High Street to lines of applause from the public and proud parent/carers who turned out to support their children.
A great service concluded the day. It is always a great honour to be able to represent the University of Kent Academies Trust on such a great occasion.