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209 Squadron Helping at 'Stapleford'

Article posted: Sep 14, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Air Cadets from three Squadrons helped park over a thousand cars a day at the two day Stapleford Miniature Railway Open Weekend held near Melton Mowbray, Leics. A total of 30 Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford), 1279 (Melton Mowbray) and 1461 (Wigston) Sqns marshalled in the visitors over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The main attraction is the two mile 10 ¼” gauge railway which the scaled down steam engines can cover in less than 15 minutes. Other attractions included classic cars, tractors, commercial vehicles and restored horticultural machinery.

L to R Cdts Ben Shimadry, Alex Hopewell and Nic Rai with the LMS Jubilee Class 5565 ‘Victoria’

The Event Organiser, Jez Grice said of the Cadets, “We had an excellent performance from the Cadets. They did exactly as they were asked as they have done for the last three years.”

The Cadets spent three days at the site and when not on parking duties they helped run a recruitment stand. Any time left during the three days was taken up with field exercises, orienteering and observation exercises.

To keep them going the Cadets were well fed by Flt Sgt Helen Maddams of Melton Mowbray Sqn who provided everyone with chilli or spaghetti bolognaise the first night and a BBQ the second. Some of the Cadets even gave the younger members of the ‘Friends of Stapleford Miniature Railway’ a taste of Cadet life by taking them orienteering.

By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer