948 (Haverfordwest & City of St.Davids) Squadron Attend Battle of The Flowers

Battle of The Flowers_____________________________________  __________________  ____

The band of 948 (Haverfordwest and City of St David’s) Squadron, Air Training Corps, have just returned from Jersey where they have been taking part in the annual Battle of the Flowers festival for the second year. The band attended the festival last year and were invited to return by the festival organisers.

The cadets left Haverfordwest on Monday 6th August in anticipation of a weeks full itinerary which included band practices and preparing their instruments and uniforms for the formal parade.

The Squadron were the guests of Number 7 Overseas (Jersey) Squadron Air Training Corps and camped in the grounds of the Squadron Headquarters.

The band took part in the main Battle of the Flowers Grand Parade on Thursday afternoon and the Moonlight parade on Friday evening where they demonstrated their full range of musical and marching skills. This included rousing renditions of popular Welsh tunes including Men of Harlech, and Sospan Fach.

When not involved in their formal duties as part of the band the cadets had a range of leisure activities and adventure pursuits organised to occupy their free time. These included coasteering, cycling, body boarding, bowling, and a visit to the War Tunnels and Lothringen Bunker.

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Clark, commented “It was a real privilege for the cadets to be given the opportunity to represent Haverfordwest and St David’s at the Battle of the Flowers festival in Jersey for the second year. It is a testament to their musical and marching skills. Events such as this allow us to get away have some fun and make contact with other squadrons within the Air Training Corps.

“The Jersey trip is a mini camp and as such we try to ensure that we arrange a wide range of activities which will appeal to most cadets. In Jersey the cadets engaged in a mixture of formal events, visits and adventure training which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

“We are always looking to recruit new members to the Squadron whether musically inclined or otherwise.  Cadets can take part in a wide variety of activities including flying, shooting and attending camps such as the one in Jersey.”

Anyone wishing to join the Squadron as a cadet or as an adult volunteer should contact Flight Lieutenant Clark on 01437 767030 or e mail the Squadron atc948sqn@btinternet.com.


Overview and pictures kindly supplied by: CI Keith Jones - 948 Squadron MCO

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