126 (City of Derby) Squadron have been awarded the Morris Trophy in the national Lees Trophy competition. The Morris Cup is awarded to the squadron who puts on the best inspection evening out of the 6 finalists.
The Derby squadron prides itself on its high drill standards and the smartness of each and every cadet. This shone through on the final inspection night. The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper was also impressed with the squadron’s wide and diverse range of projects. These include Catering Skills, Rifle Continuity Drill, Trak Nav Challenge and Aircraft Restoration.
Over the last seven days, 126 Squadron has had the most successful week in its 70 year history. On top of winning the Morris Cup, the squadron has participated in several high profile events. Last Tuesday, 3 members of staff and 2 cadets visited Buckingham Palace for a Garden Party to celebrate 150 years of cadet services in Britain. Sqn Ldr Ian Marshall and CWO Elodie Marsh were chosen to take part in the Cadet 150 parade along the Mall. They attended the Garden Party afterwards with Fg Off Jackie Barker, F/Sgt Andy Glover and Cadet Sgt Taisiya Marsh.
Over the weekend, the squadron’s Rifle Drill Display Team performed at the Buxton Military Tattoo to a sell out crowd. At the same time, the Squadron shooting team collected 4 national trophies at the Bisley Inter Services Cadet Rifle Meet in Surrey.
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall said, “I cannot believe what an amazing week we have had. These young cadets from all over Derby have achieved national awards and trophies that are sought after by over 40,000 air cadets throughout the UK. They have shown what positive things can be achieved by talented young people”.
The Squadron hopes to continue its run of national achievements next week when they compete in the finals of the Trak Nav Challenge competition. This competition, organised by Land Rover and JCB, encourages young engineers from schools and colleges across the UK to design and build a remote control car that will meet a very tough performance criteria. The squadron sailed through the Midlands heat and are hopeful to bring more trophies back to the squadron next week.