Bishop Auckland Air Cadets Mark the Prelude to WW1
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By Flt Lt Ian Pepper RAF.VR(T) - 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron
On Saturday 26th July cadets and staff from 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Air Cadets joined with residents of Fir Tree and Harperley in County Durham to hold a service of remembrance to mark the prelude to the 1914 declaration of war.
The service was led in the summer sunshine by the squadron Pardre, Father G. Naylor. It was held in a field at Fir Tree and remembered the 12 former residents of the village who did not return from fighting in WW1.
Following the service, everyone present tasted ‘trench stew’ from a WW1 recipe, and the cadets experienced how hard it was to dig a trench of the type synonymous with the First World War.
Eighteen-year-old Leading Cadet Corporal Stephanie Edwards from Spennymoor said, “It was a sobering thought that these men didn’t return and a great challenge to dig a trench”.
2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Air Cadets meets on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm in the RFCA Centre, St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland. For more information about the Royal Air Force Air Cadets see: http://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/