In the spirit of joint training the Detachment Commander for the West Bridgford Army Cadet Force Detachment, Richard Etherington, kindly invited Staff from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron, Royal Air Force AirCadets to attend a formal dinner in the Officers’ Mess at the Nottinghamshire Weekend Training Centre on Swiney Way.
Nottinghamshire ACF’s Officers’ Mess holds a Burns Night dinner every year and typical guests include the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and the occasional MP and Councillor.
Burns Suppers have been part of the Scottish culture for over 200 years as a means of commemorating the life and works of Rabbie Burns. When Burns immortalised haggis in verse he created a central link that is maintained to this day. Close friends of the Burns started the ritual a few years after his death in 1796 as a tribute to his memory. The basic format for the evening has remained unchanged since that time and centres on the chairman inviting the company to receive the haggis.
Both Flt Sgt Shane Grice and Sgt Jade Brock attended the event on behalf of 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron and the evening was enjoyed by both.
Hopefully it will be the start of many joint training events to come with the onset of the new joint cadet centre which is now in the final stages of completion.