Remembrance Sunday parade returns to Wideopen

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The annual Community Act of Remembrance has finally returned to Wideopen as Cadets from 861 march along the Great North Road to commemorate the lives of those sadly lost in conflict, serving our country and the Commonwealth.

A parade usually takes places every Remembrance Sunday involving the Squadron, commencing from St Columba’s Church, along the B1318 to the memorial in Seaton Burn to join the rest of the country in silence at 11am. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Squadron has not played an official role in the service in the past few years.

Remembrance Sunday parades aren’t easy for the cadets – an awful lot of practice is required in the build-up to such a parade, with drill and discipline being an integral part of the cadet experience. On the day, all the cadets were wearing their 2A Wedgewood uniforms smartly and with pride as they marched along the closed-off road, with many members of the local community following behind in order to pay their respects at the memorial.

Officer Commanding of 861 (Wideopen) Squadron, Flying Officer Andy Watson, had the following words to say…

“Fantastic turnout from the Communities of Wideopen and Seaton Burn today for Remembrance Sunday.

The cadets worked really hard for today and seeing the public turn out to support the event made it even more special for them.

Thanks to North Tyneside Council and Capita for arranging the road closure and Revd Dr Pearson from St Columba’s church for leading the services.”