Last weekend cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps opened the squadron’s doors to the public, parents and former members of the squadron. It was the first time the squadron has had a day long open day and it was a chance to see what the only squadron in North West Leicestershire has to offer.
Squadron Drill Demostration
There were demonstrations of drill. first aid and field craft skills. There was the chance to have a go at drill and see how much practise it takes to be as good as the cadets and the opportunity to sit in a Viking Glider, one of the gliders cadets have the chance to fly in. Inside the squadron there was a flight simulator where visitors could have a go at flying themselves.
The squadron’s history was also on display along with the trophies that have been won so far this year. The cadets worked very hard with lots of uniform changes. A visitor to the squadron said “I was very impressed with the cadets, these are the kind of young people I want to read about, not yobs. The staff put in a lot of hard work but it obviously pays off.”
The cadets demonstrate first aid skills
There were various stalls at the open day and money was raised for both the squadron and the charity Help for Heroes.
Pilot Officer Rod Dring RAF VR (T), the new officer in charge said “I am proud of our cadets, I think they acquitted themselves very well and the turnout was brilliant”.
The final parade
For one cadet it was a very important day. It was Cadet Warrant Officer Chris Moore’s last day at the squadron as a cadet. He has now reached the upper age for being a cadet and will be concentrating on his exams at university. His last duty was raising the Air Training Corps Flag over the squadron at the start of the day.
CWO Chris Moore raises the Air Training Corps Flag to signal the start of the open day
He was presented with a tankard to thank him for all his service on the squadron. He will be missed as a cadet but has promised he will be back. The squadron hopes he will return as an adult volunteer member of staff in the future. In the meantime he will continue to teach cadets to fly at the cadet gliding school based at RAF Syerston.
By Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison
1188 Sqn Media & Communications Officer