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Cenotaph War Widows Association 13/11/21
22 November 2021
On Saturday the 13th of November a squad of 16 cadets went to the London Cenotaph to take part in the Remembrance Parade for the War Widows Association (WWA). Tunbridge Wells Girl’s Grammar School CCF (TWGGS CCF) has helped this charity on a few occasions: it is something very dear to the heart for our contingent. We had been their flag party and escorting cadets for their Founder’s Day Service at the Guards Chapel in September. We continue to be extremely proud to support them where possible.
On Remembrance Day, cadets provided the Standard party, were parade markers, escorted the War Widows, handed out programmes, looked after the vulnerable and flanked the VIPs and Widows on their walk to the Cenotaph. The service was followed by an excellent performance from the Pipe Band who were very friendly and allowed us to take photos with them once we had finished our duties.
During our time in London, we had the opportunity to give our support to Richard Ratcliffe, who had been on a hunger strike for the past 21 days to raise awareness for his wife’s situation. We were there to try and cheer him up on that chilly morning, so we ended up singing ‘Yellow Submarine’ and the school song to him to try and cheer him up: he was looking very fragile. This interlude was even captured live on Iranian TV and was written about in The Guardian.