The 58th Combined Cadet Force Review took place on Saturday, 25th April and once again we were fortunate enough to have the sun shine upon us, although it was cold at times!
This year is a particularly significant Review being Mr. Fisher’s last Parade as Headmaster, as well as the Centenary of the School Cadet Force, and the same day as the Anzac Day Centenary.
There was a distinct Naval theme to the occasion, commencing with the arrival of a Lynx Helicopter on the school field being flown by Lt Cdr Peter M. Higgins, AFC RN, a former pupil of the School, which caused great excitement amongst the boys and spectators.
Following a wonderful march-on by some 250 Cadets, the Reviewing Officer, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, KCB OBE, former Commander in Chief Fleet and NATO Maritime Commander, spent time carefully inspecting the lines and talking to the Cadets. It was indeed a great pleasure to have Sir Trevor as the Reviewing Officer – another former pupil of the School and now a Governor of the Endowed Schools, and we were delighted that his wife, Lady Anne, was able to join us for the occasion.
Distinguished guests and spectators were then treated to the various round of Cadet activities, culminating in the excitement of the Annual Inter-Service Field Gun Competition, in which the Army team triumphed on this occasion.
Congratulations go to all those involved in producing yet another outstanding event and particular credit must go to Second Lieutenant Paul Moffett and Flight Sergeant Ian Foster for their parts in organising the formal parade and to the Senior Cadets of all Sections who acquitted themselves with commendable panache.
The Priestley Sword winner this year was Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major William Counsell.
Throughout the morning the wonderful music supplied by the Symphonic Wind Band under the direction of Second Lieutenant Aidan Geary, was very much appreciated by all in attendance.
Finally, thanks must also go to Lieutenant Commander Gavin Kerr for stepping in at the last moment in the absence of Wing Commander Peter Sergeant, who unfortunately was not able to be present on this occasion. The Cadets, staff, guests and parents all send Peter their very best wishes for a speedy recovery.