Rededication and Dedication Service.
Five cadets from 51 (Orton) Squadron FS Logan Robinett, Sgt Conor Wells, Sgt Patrick Wells, Cdt Adam Pieczonka and Cdt Lucy Williamson joined dignitaries at Nene Park Academy in a service of re-dedication of their WW1 plaque.
During the past year and half, Nene Park Academy has gone through a rebuild process and now resides in their new premises. However they have not lost their history and the legacy of their past which is traced back to 1910 when it opened its doors and they still have a War Memorial plaque in the centre of the school to commemorate the lives of the Masters and Old Boys who lost their lives in the Great War. With this being the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, they felt it was a fitting time to hold a rededication service at the school to unveil a new plaque to commemorate those soldiers who lost their lives in battle and not only in the Great War but also in the many other conflicts during the last 100 years. The newly dedicated plaque will sit alongside the Academy's original War Memorial in the centre of the school, which was unveiled on 20 March 1920. The Original plaque carries a drawing from the late Art Master of the school Gilbert Darricotte who sadly was killed in action in 1918.
Based in the grounds of Nene Park Academy, 51 (Orton) cadets were invited to take part in this service, showing the dedication of so many young people who volunteer their time to support the community of Orton and the wider area of Peterborough. Cadet Lucy Williamson also a student at Nene Park Academy said "I am so proud to represent both the Air Cadets and the School at such an important event."
The attending five cadets were joined by the Peterborough British Legion and their Padre along with The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Colonel Roger Herriot, the new Mayor of Peterborough Cllr David Over. The Banner bearers formed up at 2pm followed by a short march through the courtyard where the students of Nene Park Academy had gathered. Following the last post being play played and the standards being lowered for a 2 minute silence and of course the Reveille being played the new plaque was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant.
Cadet Adam Pieczonka said "As always it is a complete honour to represent the ATC and our squadron. The service was lovely and it was great to be able to raise the awareness of the ATC in front of so many students. Maybe it will encourage them to join us at our weekly meetings."
Dawn Hagerty of Nene Park Academy said "FS Logan Robinett and the other Cadets were such a credit to themselves and the ATC – the Squadron and the OC should be very proud of them."
If you are interested in joining the Air Cadets, why not visit our website www.51sqnatc.co.uk or come to visit us at Nene Park Academy, we meet every Tuesday and Wednesday night between 7pm and 9.15pm.