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Volunteer police cadets join VE Day celebrations

PUBLISHED: 11:34 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:34 11 May 2015

Bromley police cadets at their annual presentation parade

Bromley police cadets at their annual presentation parade

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Youngsters' annual parade has a Second World War theme

Bromley Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets and Junior Cadets played their part in the VE Day celebrations with a Second World War-themed annual presentation parade.

Around 100 cadets marched onto the parade square at the Warren Sports Club to the sounds of Neville Chamberlain’s speech and an air raid siren, accompanied by police officers wearing wartime uniforms and tin hats.

They marched to music from the war years before paying tribute to fallen police officers with a salute and flag dipping ceremony.

The cadets were inspected by Bromley borough commander Chris Hafford and Bromley Mayor Julian Bennington before the presentation of the annual cadet awards. Best cadet was Toby Bigington and best junior cadet was Harriet Mitchell.

Bromley’s police youth engagement officer, PC Neill Tully, said: “The Bromley cadets have had another fantastic year and are a credit to the young people of Bromley.

“I am extremely proud of the huge amount of work and effort they put in, volunteering to give up their free time to take part in operations and events across the borough and London.”

The Volunteer Police Cadets are a uniformed voluntary youth organisation, supported by the Met, which is open to 13 to 18-year-olds from across London.

The aim of the organisation is to teach life skills and social responsibility and build positive relationships between young people and the police. Activities including visiting police units, attending talks and taking part in sporting competitions, outdoor activities, camps, community events and crime reduction initiatives.

The Junior Volunteer Police Cadets are open to youngsters aged 10 to 13.

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