Recently cadets and staff from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron attended the 100th anniversary dinner of the 1 (Fighter) Squadron Association RAF at RAF Wittering the last home of 1 (Fighter) Squadron.
The squadron was asked to provide a Corps of Drums to play a 10 minute piece in front of the guests and dignitaries. The members of the Corps performed to an exceptional standard and those cadets that were not in the Corps of Drums were asked to assist with car parking and to escort the guests, which included high ranking officers, between the Heritage Centre and the dining venue. This was a definite first for all of the cadets that attended.
Cpl. Michael Morrey presented Air Vice Marshall John Feesey, 1 (Fighter) Squadron Association Chairman with a photograph taken in 1969 of cadets of 1F squadron grouped in front of a Harrier that had just completed a display, with the pilot Squadron Leader Bryan Baker (later to become Wing Commander). By a remarkable stroke of good fortune Wing Commander Baker was one of the guests and kindly agreed to be photographed with the cadets in front of a similar harrier.Following a meal in the Junior Ranks Mess, Flight Sergeant Henson lead a salute as the cadets formed a guard of honor along the red carpet as the guests and dignitaries arrived for dinner. Among the guests were Group Captain Richard Hill (Station Commander RAF Wittering) several former Chiefs of the Air Staff and no less than 11 former Commanding Officers of 1 (Fighter) Squadron.
The event was organized by Flight Lieutenant Twaite of RAF Wittering who commented “we all enjoyed the display of the Corps of Drums who gave a very professional performance, all the more creditable as I understand they have only been re-established fairly recently.” He also thanked the cadets of 1F for the professional way they conducted themselves while escorting guests and commented on their very smart appearance.
Photographs were taken of the cadets and members of Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron to mark the event. When asked to comment, Cpl Elliott Dexter said “the day was very enjoyable for all that attended and a good experience to meet the older generation of the Royal Air Force.”
Flt Lt A Hurst RAFVR (t)