Armed Forces Day in Mirfield
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In June, cadets from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron were out in public to support the Armed Forces Day Celebration that was held in the grounds of the Old Colonial in Dunbottle Lane.
The event took the form of a short parade and commemoration service, presided over by the Chaplain to the Mirfield Branch of the Royal British Legion, Ian Grange. In attendance for the celebration were Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire Squadron Leader David Dinmore, President of the Mirfield Branch of the Royal British Legion Mr Barry Fretwell, Mayor of Mirfield Councillor Paul Blakeley and Councillor David Pinder representing Mirfield Rifle Volunteers; all laid wreaths during the service.
Cadets from the Squadron undertook standard bearing duties, laid a wreath on behalf of the combined services and provided a musical accompaniment to the proceedings. Before the service began, Sqn Ldr Dinmore was joined by Sqn Ldr (Retd) Brian Sallies MBE to inspect the cadets and standards.
The focal point of the ceremony was a memorial stone in the grounds of the establishment “dedicated to all British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces who have given their services in all conflicts past and present to ensure our freedom today”. Around the memorial are interred relics and mementoes of past conflicts, and two additions were made during the ceremony. Councillor Sean Guy, past Mayor of Mirfield, presented shell fragments he collected on a recent visit to the Somme Battlefield, and Mrs Doubell, a Civilian Instructor with 868 Squadron, presented a piece of rock from Monte Cassino, where her father had fought during the Second World War.
After the formalities were completed Tim Wood, representative of the British Legion and owner of the Old Colonial referred to the cadets in attendance “whose drill and deportment was, once again, of the highest order. Their band also thrilled those who attended.”
Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Doubell commented “it is gratifying that the celebration of Armed Forces Day in Mirfield always takes a prominent place in the calendar of events for the town. We are especially proud to take part in this annual event, and to show the commitment of today’s youth to honour currently serving and past members of our country’s armed forces. The cadets did us proud today.”