Remembrance Day 2013

Remembrance Sunday this year (2013) was a bright, crisp and very sunny day in London, where the 60 plus strong RAF Police contingent put in its eleventh successive appearance on the Cenotaph Parade. An unusually civil Stew McArdle, delegated the roll call duty to Rod Inwood and as usual our young (ish) ladies Bobbi and Maggie took many photos of us preparing to march and meeting and greeting "old" friends.
As ever this year, we were led by former PM and Association VP, retired Group Captain Ted Scaplehorn 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 in his wheelchair, this year pushed by Warrant Officer Steve Kershaw.
Sadly our large regular Right Marker, Brian Burgess was under strict Doctor's orders not to march because of an unsafe knee. His place was taken by Brian Flinn who gave every appearance of fully knowing what he was doing!! Our "permanent" Left Marker and TV target wearing our contingent marker (this year C6), was George Badger Brookes. In fact this year we appeared on BBC1, 3 times. Firstly as we marched "around" the memorial to "Women at War". Then literally a flash as we passed the Cenotpah. Finally as we "eyes right" to HRH Princess Anne, we are full side view for several seconds. (And the drill was excellent!!).
Our wreath carriers this year were George Brookes with the wreath from the Provost Marshal and serving RAF Police and Rowley Coultas, carried the Association wreath.
Assisting us this year with the kind permission of the Provost Marshal (Group Captain Mark Sexton) were Sergeant Stu Davidson and Sergeant John Cahill.
We were all under the command and control of the Association Parade Marshal, Mr Bill Veazey MBE. The National Anthem was played on Horse Guards Parade about 12.30 and we were formally dismissed and rapidly took off through the Archway across Whitehall, to the Silver Cross Pub. There we became about 115 thirsty, hungry and very noisy members, wives, partners, relatives and friends. We were joined by the Provost Marshal Designate (Group Captin Kevin Bailey) and the Chief of Air Staff's Warrant Officer, Graham Spark.
A collection was taken for the staff of the Silver Cross and a rough quick count showed the excellent amount of around 50.00.
Finally, in the centre roadway of Horse Guards Parade, on Remembrance Sunday, were Association members acting as carers for Association members of the Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans).
On Monday morning Clare and I viewed the crosses in the Garden of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. We quickly found the immaculately laid out crosses marked with the names supplied by Steve Davies of deceased RAF Police. Bill Veazey was responsible for this impressive display which included dedications to the Association.

RAF Police Memorial.Westminster Abbey.

Photo. T Biskup. Ass.Member
Another exceptional weekend for the RAF Police and the Association with the Lord Mayor's Show, the RBL Festival of Remembrance and the Cenotpah Parade.

John Walton

An email I received from Chris Gangel, ex P&SS (NR).

Dear Webmaster,

my wife and I were privileged to be in the audience for the evening performance of the Royal British Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9th November. On parade were 2 female and 2 male serving members of the RoyalAir Force Police. How gratifying to witness in this day and age that the traditions of high standard and deportment that we oldies cherished so dear are still being upheld . I do not know who they are , but thank you all so much, and God Bless.

London from Michael Hall

London from Malcom Youens

London from Bobbi Stenning

London from Michael Lester

London from Maggie Brookes

London from John Walton

London From Phil Cook (ADU)

Melton Mowbray from Nigel Cox

Royal Wootton Bassett from Brian Flynn

Amble, Northumberland from Ian McArthur