CCF AGI Marks the King’s Coronation

CCF AGI Marks the King’s Coronation

Corps put on a very special version of its annual showcase this Sunday in beautiful sunshine as we not only paraded our cadets’ skills and training, but also marked the Coronation of our new Sovereign and Captain-General of the Combined Cadet Force.

An immaculate Guard of Honour welcomed back a distinguished Old Caterhamian and ex-cadet, Gp Capt Piers Holland MBE RAF to the Home Field. Thereafter a very large audience of parents, staff and guests were shown around various stands, including climbing, fieldcraft, first aid and drill, where the cadets showed off their training.

News of dangerous enemies of the Crown brought the guests back to Home Field in alarm, but thankfully the Caterham Rifles were on hand once again to save the day. A slick section attack drove the dastardly invaders from their rickety shacks until all resistance was crushed. There followed the hotly contested Inter-Service Gun Run race: the competition to move a full artillery piece across a demanding obstacle course was won, once again, by the Army crew.

It was a great pleasure for awards to be made as Corps paraded en masse at the end of the day. Having warmly commended the cadets on their excellence and commitment, Gp Capt Holland awarded the prize for Best Recruit to Rct Peachey (Third Year); Best JNCO to Cpl Gill (Fifth Year); and Best Cadets in the two sections to CSM Willimont and CWO Masters (Upper Sixth). The Stokes Pace Stick was presented to Head of Corps, RSM Baker (Upper Sixth).

Before the Union Flag and RAF Ensign were lowered, Corps marked the beginning of His Majesty’s reign with the dedication of a new Union Banner, which was trooped through the contingent. Cadets then joined their officers in proclaiming their allegiance and vowing service to king and country, before two rousing verses of the National Anthem sounded across a sun-kissed Home Field.

All cadets involved should reflect on another outstanding performance at a very busy time of year, and we should like in particular to thank Dr Brammeld and his Wind Band who provided the most outstanding musical accompaniment to a splendid and memorable day.

Capt Mathew Owen

OC Army Section

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