Despite freezing temperatures and falling snow 9 cadets and 2 staff members from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron were at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, on Thursday 2nd December to support the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE) in staging this years RAF Band Concert.
In teams of two they initially sold programmes to the audience as they arrived, with each pair hoping to out sell the others. Competition is always fierce amongst the cadets to sell the most programmes and this year was no different. Cadet Flight Sergeant Adam Hill supervised the cadets, rotating them through the selling hot spots to ensure they all had a fair chance of winning. Although the number of programmes sold was down on last year, due to the lower attendance caused by the weather, a lot of additional money for the RAFCTE was raised. The winning pair was Cadet Sergeant Nichola Whitehouse and Cadet Corporal Zoe Hayes who were presented with a goody bag for their efforts.
During the interval the cadets sold flags ready for the second half of the performance that would include classics such as We’ll Meet Again and Land of Hope and Glory. The evening wasn’t just about working for the cadets as following the interval their duties were complete and they entered the auditorium to watch the second half, enthusiastically joining in with the singing and flag waving.
This is an important event in 1359’s year and all the cadets who get involved do so in a smart and professional manner with the staff receiving plenty of feedback from the organisers and public on how good the cadets look and behave.
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