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CCF Parade 2020

CCF Parade 2020
Karen Smith

Despite the spectre of Covid-19, we were very pleased to still be able to hold the traditional CCF Biennial Inspection and Parade on Monday 16th March.   

The event began with drinks and lunch for the families of NCOs, NCO Cadre Cadets and Drummers outside in the glorious sunshine, before moving to the main lawns for the Parade and Inspection.  Over 120 cadets took part in an impressive display of drills and marching, with the gun run challenge around the Sunken Lawn as ever providing much excitement and heated competition.

After the review by Inspecting Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Smith, The Royal Dragoon Guards, the cadets moved up into the wooded grounds for the Section Attack demonstration, with the [Vessey Battalion of Canford Magna] defeating the ‘enemy’ in a fine display of skills.

The afternoon concluded with spectators and cadets enjoying tea with prizes awarded to the following:

Best Junior Navy Cadet: Leo Burnet

Best Junior Royal Marines Cadet: Tom Windsor

Best Junior Army Cadet: Charlie Smith

Best Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre Cadet: Jess Fry

Drum Major’s Bugle:  Jack Salmon

Clive Meyer’s Award:  Ollie Leat

Benner Award:  Zach Fenwick

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Culley, Head of the Canford CCF, was delighted with the cadets’ performance:

“Our cadets have worked so hard in preparation for this event so we all felt very fortunate that the Parade and Inspection was able to take place in such uncertain times.  The balmy sunshine lifted everyone’s spirits and I was extremely proud of everyone involved in this excellent showcase of thriving CCF at Canford.   Thank you also to Lieutenant Colonel Smith for his time and inspirational words.”

For more photographs from the event, please see below,

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