Over the August Bank Holiday, 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron ATC, along with 1F (City of Leicester) and 1279 (Melton Mowbry) Squadrons, went to the Stappleford Steam Rally to assist with car parking and general running of the nationally renowned steam fair.
The Saturday of the weekend consisted of many fun activities for the cadets, before the hard work that was to commence the next two days. Leadership and team building exercises along with sports were not put a dampener on by the torrential weather! The evening consisted of a BBQ enjoyed be cadets and staff alike.
During the Sunday and Monday, each cadet worked hard on the car park, parking over hundreds of cars, as well as having time to explore the steam rally, and manning a PR and Recruitment tent – offering all those interested a chance to get “cammed” up and also sit in a Viking Glider Cockpit.
By late Monday afternoon, all cadets were glad to go home after such hard work, but each one had had such a great time. All of the cadets also got a demonstration by the owner of one of the miniature steam engines, where the cadets got to learn how a steam engine works, and got to load it up with coal as well as have ago and steering one.
Flight Sergeant Lee-Taylor, of 209 Squadron said, “This is the fourth time that personally I’ve helped at the Steam Rally, and the squadron has been doing this for years before. Each year the cadets get more and more enthusiastic, and the number of cadets coming on the camp grow each year too! It was a tiring weekend but I can vouch for all that came that they had a brilliant time, and will no doubt be coming back next year.”