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
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
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
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.