Cadets from three ATC squadrons in the county were proud to play a role in the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire’s Justice Service at St Albans Cathedral. A total of 22 cadets from 220 (St Albans), 795 (Harpenden), 57 (Potters Bar), and 2203 (Hatfield and deHavilland) Squadrons took part in last Sunday’s event.
The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire is Viscountess Trenchard – granddaughter-in- law of the so-called “father of the Royal Air Force”, Marshall of the Royal Air Force The Viscount Trenchard GCB OM GCVO DSO.
In addition to duties lining the two entrances to the cathedral, a contingent of four cadets from 220 (St Albans) Squadron took part in the High Sheriff’s procession. The cadets marched in the procession before the High Sheriff’s sword which belonged to Viscount Trenchard and was borne by his great granddaughter, The Honourable Laura Trenchard, the sword having been kindly lent for the occasion from its place of honour at RAF College Cranwell.
Following the service the cadets processed out of the cathedral through the guard of honour supplied by the other cadets of Herts & Bucks Wing. Cadet Alexander Cheang (age 15), of 220 (St Albans) Squadron, who was one of those involved, said: “The service was very interesting and I was proud to be there along with my fellow cadets representing the ATC. The best part of the day was being in the guard of honour for Lord Trenchard’s sword, which was a proud moment.”
As well as the High Sheriff, the cadets got the rare opportunity to meet a number of other dignitaries, including former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, who took a great interest in hearing about the cadets’ recent training activities.
Squadron Leader Tim Crichton RAF VR(T) oversaw the cadets on parade along with Officer Commanding Herts and Bucks Wing, Wing Commander Paul Mimpress RAF VR(T). He said: “As an organisation, we were honoured to be represented at such a prestigious event, particularly given the links to the Trenchard family. The cadets were turned out immaculately and did a fine job representing the Corps to the many dignitaries who were present.”