On Sunday 9 November 2014, Merton’s Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) were proud to join the Royal British Legion for the Remembrance Sunday parade in Mitcham. For the first time, the Merton Police contingent included 15 new Junior Volunteer Police Cadets, young people from St Marks Academy and other local schools aged 10 - 12.
As the first VPC unit in London to be granted formal youth group affiliation to the Royal British Legion, the Merton police cadets were proud to live up to the Royal British Legion motto, “Shoulder to Shoulder with All Who Serve”.
This year’s Mitcham Parade marched from the British Legion Hall in St Marks Road through Mitcham Town Centre to the Mitcham War Memorial in Cricket Green. The Remembrance Service was conducted by the Reverend Nigel Stone, Vicar of St Mark’s Mitcham. Wreathes were laid by Siobhan McDonagh, MP, local councillors and Merton Council representatives. Other wreathes were laid: Chairman of the Mitcham RBL, Mr Allan Barley (who also represented the RAF); Merton Borough Commander; Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Macleod, and other Cadet organisations. The two Merton Volunteer Police Cadet wreaths were laid by Senior Cadet Sam Watson and Junior Cadet Aaron Gascoyne. The Salute was taken by Deputy Lieutenant The Right Honourable Sir John Wheeler and the Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, with Mr Allan Barley, Chairman of the Mitcham Branch, Royal British Legion.
Cadet Sam Watson said “I am really proud to take part in the Centenary Parade today, and lay our wreath to remember all who have Served.”
PC Marco Cetara, Schools PC at St Marks Academy and co-leader of the Junior VPC, said “Our Juniors have only just been issued with their new uniforms, and practised for today’s Parade. Thanks to all our excellent Cadets for representing the police service so well, and doing such a great job today at such a significant major local event on Remembrance Sunday.”
Armed Forces Day 2013 Merton Volunteer Police Cadets collabration with the Mitcham Branch of the RBL.
Merton Volunteer Police Cadets proud to march with the Royal British Legion in Mitcham’s Remembrance Sunday Parade
On Sunday 10 November 2013, Merton’s Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) were proud to join the Remembrance Sunday parade in Mitcham. The team of 30 were led by Cadet coordinator (& British Legion member) PC Tim Mann and VPC Colour Party, Cadets Will Moss, Leah Lodge and Chris Watkins.
2013 Mitcham Parade, led by Parade Marshal David Gould from the Scouts with the Wandle District and First Wallington Scout Band, marched from the British Legion Hall in St Marks Road through Mitcham Town Centre to the Mitcham War Memorial in Cricket Green. The Remembrance Service was conducted by the Reverend Nigel Stone, Vicar of St Mark’s Mitcham. Wreathes were laid by Siobhan McDonagh, MP, local councillors and Merton Council representatives.
Other wreathes were laid by the Chairman of the Mitcham Branch of the Royal British Legion Mr Allan Barley (who also represented the RAF), Superintendent David Palmer, Merton Police, Fire Fighter Billy Hernman, London Fire Brigade and other organisations. The Merton Volunteer Police Cadet wreath was laid by Cadet Emmanuel Ford and Cadet Dan Zelnis. The Salute was taken by Deputy Mayor of Merton Councillor John Sargent and Mr Allan Barley, President of the Mitcham Branch.
Alan Barley, Chairman of Mitcham Branch, Royal British Legion, said “I would like to thank the Merton Volunteer Police Cadets for their very smart and professional turn-out today, and we are very pleased to welcome them on affiliation to our Mitcham Branch. We look forward to working closely with the police cadets in the future.”
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The Royal British Legion 26 St. Marks Road MITCHAM SURREY CR4 2LF
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