March Air Cadets share their experience of welcoming Princess Anne to Neale-Wade Academy

Princess Royal with Cadet Stacey Stimson, Corporal Joe Goodman and Cadet Brandon Casson-Rennie.

Princess Royal with Cadet Stacey Stimson, Corporal Joe Goodman and Cadet Brandon Casson-Rennie. - Credit: Archant

A group of 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets welcomed HRH Princess Royal to their school on Wednesday.

The cadets, who all attend Neale-Wade Academy, were selected to stand alongside March Army Cadet Force to form a guard of honour as Princess Anne arrived.

Once inside the academy assembly hall, four air cadets had been pre-selected to greet and talk to the princess.

Cadet Flight Seargant Alexander Macrae, 18, a sixth form student at the academy, said: “It was a huge honour for all of us to be invited to welcome Princess Anne to the academy, what made it even more special was that she talked to each of us.

“She was really interested about our time within the air cadets.”


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Cadet Brandon Casson-Rennie, 15, who has just completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, said: “Princess Anne asked me what my biggest achievement is so far within air cadets, and I replied that it was achieving my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.”

1220 (March) Squadron are holding an open evening on February 11. For more information, go to www.1220atc.org.uk or Facebook page: www.fb.com/1220AirCadets

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