An Interview with Graham Holloway – Parade Master, Daventry Town

An Interview with Graham Holloway – Parade Master, Daventry Town

On Sunday 11th November 2018, Graham Holloway (Parade Master), led the Daventry Remembrance Day Parade for the last time.

Born in 1955, Graham moved to Daventry from Birmingham in 1967 and joined the Air Cadets at the tender age of 13 ½ years old, in 1968. After 50 years in uniform, Graham has made the decision to pass the baton on to someone else.

"It has been a memorable 50 years wearing the Air Cadet uniform and I have loved every second of it, but this year seems to be as good a time as any to hang up my cap and pass the honour on to someone else. I took over as Parade Master from a friend when he moved abroad in 1981. Funnily enough we had met as teenagers through Cadets when I first joined. I remember my first parade like it was yesterday – it was efficient, and everyone was well turned out, and from there it has grown."

Life in the Air Cadets has had its ups and downs and Graham recounts, "Following a dip there has been a surge in numbers. The Cadets in general, especially in Daventry, are becoming increasingly popular and for anyone thinking of joining, but haven't quite made their mind up yet, my advice to you would be to have a go. The comradery and friendships you will make will be life-long."

And for anyone thinking of becoming a Cadet Leader, Graham's advice is "It is very rewarding. Watching the young people flourish into confident young adults is absolutely worth the time and energy."

Graham assures us he isn't disappearing off the map entirely. "I won't be giving up Air Cadets anytime soon. It has shaped my life. I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my wife and two daughters though. They have been incredible over the past few years. I think my wife is definitely looking forward to spending more time with me!"

After the parade and service for Remembrance Day yesterday, Graham and his family were invited back to Daventry Museum. A small presentation was held by the Town Council whereby Graham was presented with an Empty Chair taken from the Museum's Empty Chair Exhibition commemorating the centenary of World War One ending, by Daventry Mayor, Cllr Lynn Jones, as a token of the Council's appreciation for the outstanding contribution Graham has made to the Daventry Community over the past 50 years.

Cllr Jones said, "It was an honour to present Graham with an Empty Chair made by Ashby Fields Primary School. On behalf of the Town Council, and from myself, I want to say thank you to Graham for all the hard-work, time and energy he has given to make the parade efficient and memorable for the whole community."

Photo credit: John Barnstable

Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:07 by DTC Events

Tags: Community, Daventry, Events, Town Centre