Cadet Warrant Officer RAF William Peck was the National Representative of the Combined Cadet Forces on VIP Escort duty on National Armed Forces Day in Nottingham on Saturday 29th June, the crowning moment of his time as a Cadet at the school, overtopping even the Duke of Westminster’s CVQO Award event at which he was present as a finalist earlier in the week.
Will’s duties as Escort to the No 3 Group meant that he had a grandstand seat and view in the Old Market Square for the Parade and Drumhead Service alongside the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who were representing Her Majesty the Queen.
He also got a first-class view of the start of the celebrations which began with a “feu du joie” – a “fire of joy” – by the guns of local unit 100 Regiment Royal Artillery from Nottingham Castle, before the spectacular tri-Service parade made its way from the Castle to the Old Market Square for the Drumhead Service.
Also involved in the procession were the horses and riders from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the world-famous ceremonial gun battery, on their first ever visit to Nottingham, who later closed the event in the Arena where the CCF Inter-Service Field Gun Competition demonstration had taken place earlier in the afternoon.
Will, seen here with his parents at the CVQO Award ceremony in the Ironmongers’ Hall in London, departs for South Africa on 11th July for his Duke of Westminster’s award-winning experience.