After several weeks of a typical cold and wet English summer, the organisers of 1359 (Beeston) Squadrons annual barbecue spent the days leading up to the event praying to the weather gods. And it worked!
The day of the event, Saturday 8th August, dawned sunny with clear skies and the forecast was for it to stay that way. Staff and Civilian Committee members were at squadron HQ early to get things ready. An inflatable bungee run and pillow fight game were brought in and the tombola, barbecue and bar were set up. Photo display boards were put out to show parents and family the events that the cadets have been involved in over the last few months.
Two o’clock soon came around and cadets and their guests started arriving. The inflatable games proved to be a top attraction with numerous challenges being made amongst the cadets and staff alike. The food and tombola did a roaring trade and the warm weather ensured that the bar staff were kept busy. The event carried on into the evening with a disco and buffet laid on for those with the stamina.
OC 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Flt Lt Phil Bannister VR(T) commented “The squadron barbecue is one of the highlights of the year and is held to say thank you to all the cadets for their hard work in ensuring that Beeston is one of the top squadrons in the Wing and to give a chance for their parents and carers to come down to the unit”.
The Civilian Committee would like to thank all the local businesses who made donations towards the running of the barbecue, Lidl Beeston, WH Smiths Beeston, Boots Beeston, Wilkinson Stores Beeston, Argos Beeston, Georges Tradition Chilwell, Iceland Beeston, Yod Siam Restaurant, Lidl Chilwell, Adkins Bakery, G&A Middleton Newsagent and The Local Off Licence.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron