On the 27th may 2013- 2nd June, I and two Other cadets from the squadron travelled down to Manchester for the north region marching band. We were the only 3 cadets from Scotland and the rest were English! When we first got down there we had never seen the music before and we were expected to learn it for Sunday, as that was the day we were marching in the Manchester Day Parade in front of thousands of people. During the week we done other non musical activities like shopping, disco and clay pigeon shooting. On the day of the parade, before we left, cadets who hadn't received their instrumentalist badge received one to go on their brassard! The parade lasted for two hours, so we had to play and march for two hours straight but when the crown cheered everyone was lifted up and played the best they could!
'I was really scared for the camp because I was going to be the only girl that I knew but once we were down there I met loads of new people who also loved playing instruments and we got along fine! We had loads of great laughs, especially at the talent show and I hope to see them again when I go over to Belgium! I am so happy that I got my badge! Although I was knackerd after the parade and after getting home' - cdt Lauren Macdonald
Also thanks to CI Thornber who traveled all the way down to pick us up via train and then had to bring us all the way back up via train with 3 cadets and a base drum. That was a nightmare experience!