Sea, Army and Air Cadets from across Warrington are busy preparing to take part in this year’s Festival of Remembrance, being staged by Warrington Male Voice Choir at the Parr Hall on 4 November.
Cadets have taken part in this event in previous years, but after saying last year they were keen to be more involved, that’s exactly what’s happening. This year, representatives from Warrington Sea Cadets, Normandy Company Cheshire Cadet Force and 1330 Warrington Squadron Air Training Corps – Royal Air Force Air Cadets will be on parade, doing the readings, if all goes to plan, building the vitally important drumhead altar on the stage of the Parr Hall and, of course, taking part in the poignant act of remembrance when, for two minutes, the Parr Hall will fall silent and the poppies will fall.
Commenting on behalf of the Warrington Cadet community, Captain Andy Smith, 2nd in Command Normandy Company, Cheshire Army Cadet Force said, “I know I speak for cadets across Warrington when I say they are looking forward to being part of this year’s Festival of Remembrance. Each and every one of them appreciates being given the opportunity to represent their cadet force in uniform and in front of a Parr Hall audience. But, most importantly of course, they will always value taking part in the solemn act of remembrance”.
Starting at 7pm, this year’s Festival, which will help raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017 & ssafa – the Armed Forces charity, will also feature Warrington Male Voice Choir, The Combined Bands of The Lancashire Artillery & The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, an audience sing-along and a Drumhead Service of Remembrance & Reflection led by The Revd Canon Paul Wilson and involving members of Warrington Council of Faiths.
Adding his own comment, Warrington Male Voice Choir Chairman, Bob Williams said, “We are delighted that so many cadets will not only be involved in this year’s Festival, but will also take key roles during the evening. It would be great to see our audience swelled by some very proud family members and friends, during what is always an emotional, yet enjoyable evening”.