Remembrance Day 2012
This was the 10th successive year a
contingent of the RAF Police Assoication marched on the Cenotaph Parade. It was
a brilliantly sunny autumn day when we gathered on Horse Guards Parade, where a
smiling (not laughing) Stew McArdle took the roll call. In addition to Bobbi and
Maggie taking photos, we had our new professional photographer, Jim Spiers, an
Associate member of the South Downs Branch.
There were just 4 of us present who had
marched each year since we started in 2003. These were George Brookes, Jeremy
Fenton, Marty Uden and John Walton.
Once again we were led through Horse
Guards Arch and on to Whitehall by former Provost Marshal and Association Vice
President, retired Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn OBE and our Association Chairman
Mr Ted Hellewell. They were "escorted" by retired Group Captains John Rose OBE
and David Stanley.
Behind our leaders came Dennis Cothay,
pushed this year in his wheelchair by FS Andy Mitchell.
As ever, our regular Right Marker Brian
Burgess kept an eye on things from his considerable height. Our Left marker and
TV target George Brookes sadly this year was not apparently in focus.
But we don't blame George for the very poor BBC coverage of the
Our wreath carriers were George
Robertson, Mick Griffin and Barry Swallow. After they had handed over the
wreaths, we "eyes left" to the Cenotaph. We marched the rest of the way along
Whitehall, then 2 right turns and very smartly "eyes right" to Prince Edward.
Throughout the march past we were under the active control of FS Max Tate and
Sgt John Cahill. Sadly this was Max's last appearance in uniform, but he will
attend as an Association member in future just as Bill Veazey did for the first
time this year.
After the National Anthem, we all
gathered with wives, partners, relatives and friends in the basement bar of the
Silver Cross pub. There we enjoyed plenty of excellent food and drink and best
of all good company, including the Provost Marshal, Group Captain Mark
A collection was taken for the staff of
the Silver Cross and a rough quick count showed the excellent amount of £76.00!!
Another anniversary and great occasion in
the Association calendar. We thank everyone for attending and in particular we
thank the Provost Marshal for allowing our serving colleagues to join us
pictures from John
Pictures from Maggie
Pictures from Stewart
Pictures from Jim
Spiers updated 18 Dec 12
Picture and report from
Pictures from the
Remembrance Sunday Parade held in St.Giles Oxford.
Pictures from John
Reid in France
Pictures from Martin
Bound in Australia
From Nigel Bean
updated 16 August 2013