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King Edward VI Grammar School at Armed Forces Day

King Edward VI Grammar School Combined Cadet Force have been proud to support the Armed Forces Day National Event in Cleethorpes. Events kicked off with the Cadet Games on Wednesday evening, where the region's cadet forces competed against each other in a series of events such as Tug of War, command tasks, climbing walls, tent erecting and confidence courses.

All of the cadet forces organised an event each and there was a brilliant, competitive atmosphere. KEVIGS CCF joined forces with Ormiston Maritime Academy CCF to compete against the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadet Corps. Unfortunately, despite some good medal finishes for the CCF, the Air Training Corps just edged us to the overall win, but hopefully this will become an annual event and we will get them next year

The weekend saw over 200,000 people visit the event, and the #AFDNEL16 became the number 1 trending hashtag in the UK on Twitter. KEVIGS CCF had a stand in the Cadet Village where we had uniforms for people to try on, a team cycle ride, and a prize raffle with some brilliant prizes. Our amazing driving teddies were a real crowd pleaser. Over the course of the weekend we raised over £1200, which will be shared between our unit, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion. It was also great to meet up with one of our former cadets, Lt Larry Smith RN who was the pilot responsible for flying the Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter in and out of the event.

Saturday was Armed Forces Day itself and it will be a day those involved will never forget. Fifty members of KEVIGS CCF were proud to be part of the military parade through the town in front of over 120,000 people, alongside regular soldiers, sailors and airmen, military veterans and cadets from all the cadet corps. The atmosphere was incredible with absolutely fantastic support from the enormous numbers of people lining the entire route, clapping and cheering everyone the whole way.  The contingent gave the royal salute in front of Knoll House to His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence, as well as senior commanders of all three military services. An absolutely once in a lifetime experience.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Annie Cleve has just been appointed the inaugural Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the Combined Cadet Force in Lincolnshire, beating many other talented cadets from all 6 CCFs in Lincolnshire to the post. She accompanied the Lord Lieutenant to welcome His Royal Highness and the Prime Minister in to the borough as her first engagement; a huge honour.   

Sqn Ldr Reeve had the privilege of welcoming Michael Fallon MP, the Secretary of State for Defence in to the Cadet Village, escorting him and senior officers on a tour around the stands which the cadet forces of the region had put on. He was extremely interested in what the cadets get up to, speaking directly to a number of cadets. Air Commodore Chris Luck, Commandant of the RAF College at RAF Cranwell said how much he enjoyed meeting up with the KEVIGS CCF Cadets and that they all did a great job.  

The whole event was a massive success, and the Combined Cadet Force from KEVIGS was extremely proud to play our part.