The RAF Air Cadets’ ambassador joined cadets and volunteers for service at the RAF and Allied Air Forces Memorial.
Around 200 cadets and staff joined Honorary Group Captain Vorderman for the memorial service before parading on the Hoe for their wing formal review.
The parade formed up in the Royal Citadel before marching onto the Hoe lead by the band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth . The conditions were challenging in the blistering heat which so intense that the parade marshal's studs left an imprint in the road surface, however, busy crowds still attended the event to applaud the cadets taking part.
After the general salute, the cadets were addressed by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey, who encouraged them to take every opportunity that the Air Cadets has to offer before RAFAC’s Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman took to the podium and enthused on the time that she has spent with the cadets and how she never ceases to be amazed at the achievements of cadets and the dedication of the volunteer staff.
The salute during the march past was take by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon accompanied by the Lord Mayor, Air Vice Marshall Sammy Sampson (Director, Saudi Armed Forces Projects and ex-197 (Devonport) Squadron cadet) and Group Captain Vorderman.
Cadets then marched off to the applause of the crowds and returned to the Citadel where Air Vice Marshal Sampson and Honorary Group Captain Vorderman were able to chat informally with the cadets and pose for a few well-earned selfies.
After the event, Carol Vorderman took to twitter and commented: “An emotive morning with a memorial service, air cadets and our amazing veterans. It was truly an honour to lay a wreath on behalf of our young people.”
Wing Commander Francis Reis, Officer Commanding Plymouth and Cornwall Wing, said he had never felt more proud than to watch his cadets and staff parade to such a standard in such challenging conditions.