On Saturday 23rd March, 2013, staff, cadets, family and invited dignitaries braved the inclement weather to attend 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, annual awards evening. The event, held in the Robin Hood Suite at Nottingham Forest’s ground, celebrated the successes and achievements of the squadron during 2012 and saw the presentation of trophies to cadets who had made outstanding contributions to that success.
In attendance was the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Margaret Handley and her husband John and Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson RAF VR(T) accompanied by his wife Kathy. Awards presented on the night included Outstanding Duke of Edinburgh result which went to Cadet Corporal Charity Davies for her hard work in achieving her Gold Award. The trophy was presented by Cllr Handley in recognition of Broxtowe Councils grants to the Squadron which have assisted in purchasing compasses, maps and other equipment for use in D of E expeditions. Wing Commander Dickinson presented the top NCO Trophy to Cadet Flight Sergeant Beth Denham for her hard work and commitment in the running of the Cadet NCO team at Beeston.
There was a poignant end to the cadet awards with the presentation of the Mrs Hooton Trophy for Best Female Cadet and the Squadron Leader Hooton Trophy for Best Male Cadet. Sqn Ldr Hooton had long been associated with 1359 having held the post of Commanding Officer of 1359. He had donated the Best Female Cadet Trophy in memory of his late wife and had attended Beeston’s awards evenings to present the trophy. Sadly the 2012 event was his last one as he passed away last summer. A new trophy for the Best Male Cadet was purchased with monies donated by his family and his daughter, Sharon Hooton, attended this year’s event to present both trophies in memory of her mother and father. The winners of the trophies, Cadet Eve Bainbridge and Cadet Ben Coombs, were voted for by their fellow cadets.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron