Cenotaph Parade 2018

The weather on the Saturday was truly awful, with about 10 hours of heavy rain. However on Remembrance/Armistice Sunday (11.11.11), from 08.30 the sun shone throughout the day and so once again we managed to remain dry on the outside. Some 52 of us gathered on Horse Guards Parade and signed in with Mick Griffin, who as usual took the roll call. As this was our 16th appearance, many of our contingent know each other and greet old friends and colleagues. Someone reported that Stew McArdle was seen to smile, but it turned out to be fake news!!

Our joint leaders were former PM and Vice President Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn OBE and Association Chairman Mr Alan Mitchell. They were "escorted" by retired Group Captains John Rose OBE and David Stanley.

The contingent Right Marker was Big Brian Burgess. The Left Marker and TV target was George (Badger) Brooks. The rear Right Marker was Ken Rider and the rear Left marker Brian Flinn. The RAF Police contingent was as usual, under the command and control of the Association Parade Marshal, Bill Veazey, MBE. Bill Thompson carried the wreath from the Provost Marshal and RAF Police. Roger Bishop carried the wreath from members of the Association.

This year as contingent No 2, in column C, we were positioned on Whitehall well towards the Cenotaph. Just ahead of us was positioned the Blind Veterans UK. Some of our members are both carers and members. Among them were Tony Harper and Archie Heath along with serving Warrant Officer Kevin Roberts.

After waiting on Whitehall for an hour or so, we smartly "eyes left" to the Cenotaph and later "eyes right" to HRH Princess Anne.

The Silver Cross Pub as usual provided a great buffet which was enjoyed by marchers, relatives and friends. There we were joined by serving Warrant Officer Lee Close, also on duty in London. On the previous Thursday, Bill Veazey as usual, was present in the Garden of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey along with HRH Prince Harry.

So on our 16th successive presence on the Cenotaph Parade, was a great success and the RAF Police Association contingent, was proud to be part of the 100th Anniversary commemorations of the Armistice, the RAF and the RAF Police.

John Walton

378 Gathering with coffee

379 George Brookes showing off armband

381 Mr & Mrs Griffin and escort

383 John Walton and escort

384 John Rose and Brian Flinn

386 Chairman and escort

388 Group Captains with escort

389 Bill Veazey and escorts

390 Stew McArdle and Roger Bishop

391 Stew McArdle and Bill Thompson

392 David Stanley and Anton Von Wingdstet

394 Nefarious gathering

395 Ditto

396 Alan Cook with Right Marker Brian Burgess

397 Almost ready for off

401 Ditto

404 Just arrived back on Horse Guards Parade

405 Ditto

406 In the pub

408 Ditto

409 Ditto

410 Ditto

413 Ditto

414 Ditto

The one on its own is of course John Walton in his chariot

Ken Turner

Prince Harry at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey