Gad’s newest cadets, and oldest supporter, pay respects to war heroes

Gad’s Hill’s youngest CCF recruits, and its oldest advocate, paraded through Higham yesterday on the way to the village church’s Remembrance Sunday service.

The 40-strong contingent was made up of experienced senior students as well as year 8s, who have recently joined the school’s military youth organisation.

Also in attendance was 92-year-old WW2 veteran Mr Joe Hoadley, grandfather to U5B’s Aidan Hoadley, as well as teachers, proud parents, pupils and friends of the school.

With local people watching from their windows and doors, the procession was led by Headmaster David Craggs and accompanied by the school’s Corps of Drums and Colour Party.

After making their way from the school to St John’s Church, the cadets joined local scout and guide troops as flagbearers at the moving service, led by Father James.

After, wreaths were laid by Cadet Sergeant Major Hunt and Sergeant Major Lavery in honour of the Royal Engineers and the Princes of Wales Royal Regiment.

Contingent Commander Major Lamb said: “It is an honour to be invited to represent the uniform and civilian services, and of course the school.

“We have more than 100 cadets at Gad’s and for many of this year’s newest members, today was their first public parade.

“As always, I would like to thank our cadets’ parents – their continued support and commitment is reflected in the children and is a huge part of the success of the contingent.”

The returning parade was met by Gad’s kitchen staff who had prepared tea and bacon rolls for everybody who had taken part.

For more photographs from yesterday’s parade go to www.kentpixs.co.uk