Foyle College Londonderry CCF have been selected from the 276 CCF Contingents throughout the UK to represent the CCF at Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. Foyle College CCF was formed in 2000 from the remnants of a school ACF Detachment and began life with 11 cadets, now increased to 100+, The Contingent draws RN Section recruits from Lisneal College and other local secondary schools.
Since the announcement in August there had been much activity preparing uniforms and practising drill to ensure that we put on a smart appearance, and some (male) cadets had even their haircuts! The party participating was limited by the organisers to 28 cadets and 2 Adult volunteers but the Contingent made the most of the weekend by travelling on the Friday morning to Gatwick and spending the afternoon visting many famous sites not to forget Sir John Lawrence of Punjab statue situated at Waterloo Place. We managed to get some retail theropy in which we then followed with a Meal in Frank and Bennys for all. We were to stay at an ACF Centre near Clapham Junction so a short 15 minute train ride from Waterloo took us to our accommodation.
On Saturday everyone spent the morning at the Tower of London on a guided tour. Listening to the Beefeaters it was obvious that there was more to take in than could be absorbed in one visit. After lunch we hopped on the river cruise up the Thames then hoped on the buss trip again dropping us of at The Imperial War Museum . Since the Cenothaph Parade was the main purpose of our visit the we spent the evening preparing our uniforms for the next day. Remembrance Sunday saw us assemble at Admiralty Arch at 0915 and the parade down Whitehall will live in everyone's memory for a long time, it was truly "awesome". When it was all over, with great sadness, we headed for Gatwick and home.
Thanks are due to everyone who made such an historic visit possible, the CCF Association, RFCA N.Ireland, 38 Irish Brigade and London ACF Volunteers, but special thanks must go to our School Staff Instructor who planned, and co-ordinated, everything.