Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Sunday at Hylands Park was alive and jumping with the sound of Glenn Miller and fabulous wartime music. Visitors swarmed around the displays of war-time military vehicles that contrasted with modern day equipment. Youngsters were allowed to climb on the Land Rovers and jeeps, and were shown how to operate the heavy machine gun. Ancient motor cycles mingled with military staff cars and other war-time vehicles with the owners dressed in the uniform of the day. An RFC (Royal Flying Corps) truck from World War 1 was on display. The public loved it. In addition, there were stands representing many of the military associations, with several refreshment stalls. Jiving on Hylands House terrace was enjoyed.

The Royal British Legion tent was the base for veterans who were happy to discuss their military experiences with the youngsters. In the central arena, the Essex Wing of the Air Cadet Corps held their formal parade and over 600 smartly dressed air cadets, in full immaculate uniform paraded for their Commodore. from Royal Air Force Cranwell who inspected them and took the Salute.

Later the air cadets held their drill and banner competitions. Music was provided by bands of the air cadets who gave superb performances both during the day and at the final parade. Huge applause greeted the appearance of the Royal British Legion as they led the parade that continued for the following air cadets. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Tony Sach took the Salute and received the folded Armed Forces Day flag from two air cadets. Congratulations to Chelmsford Borough Council whose organising team performed a superb job, supported by the air cadets of the Essex Wing. BY COURTESY OF NEWSQUEST ESSEX