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CCF Inspection Parade

 On Friday 2nd May cadets from the Stamford Endowed Schools’ Combined Cadet Force (CCF) took part in their Annual Parade and Inspection Day. Nearly 300 cadets from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF sections of the CCF assembled on the School’s main field to be inspected by Major General John Drewienkiewicz CB CMG. Major General John Drewienkiewicz was the lead cadet at Stamford School exactly fifty years ago and it was wonderful to welcome him back to the school to carry out the inspection. Mr Alan Maddox, who was John DZ’s (as he is known) second in command in the CCF fifty years ago, was also at the parade, as well as their contingent commander from that time, Mr Ken Riley. It was lovely that they were both able to attend and they all said that they had noticed quite a lot of changes in CCF since 1964!

The cadets formed up on the field in front of the Cricket Pavilion and Major General Drewienkiewicz inspected the senior cadets, some of whom are hoping to join the armed forces when they leave school. He asked many of them how they got to school and advocated that rather than coming in by car, that they should be cycling in each day. Other visiting officers from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force inspected the younger cadets.

After a march-past and salute to the Major General by the senior cadets, a commemorative CCF photograph was taken of all the cadets and CCF officers and the Major General and Mr Maddox.

 CCF Inspection paradeFor the remainder of the afternoon, cadets were involved in a series of different activities and the visitors enjoyed watching these as they were shown round by the senior cadets. In his closing address the Major general was very complimentary about the whole contingent; their appearance, their drill and their enthusiasm.

Lt Cdr Holland, the Stamford Endowed Schools’ Contingent Commander, said: “I am extremely proud of the cadets and what they have achieved, not only on Inspection Day, but throughout the year. Thank you to the section officers, the SSIs and the civilian helpers very much for their hard work and commitment.”