Two local Mayors, a retired Wing Commander and members of the Royal British Legion joined seventy parents to witness No 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron, Air Training Corps, Awards Evening and Passing Out Parade.
Held at the squadron’s Ilkeston Road Headquarters, the evening recognised the achievements of the cadets during the past year.
At the start of proceedings, Wing Commander Phil Giles RAFVR (retired), one time commander of the squadron and commander of the old East Midlands Wing, took the promise as four new members were admitted to the Corps.
The evening, attended by family and friends and members of the Long Eaton Branch of the Royal British Legion also saw cups and shields presented for achievements in sport, drill, and for academic success. Cadet Corporal Robbie Dinsdale (18) was presented with the Royal Air Force Association Shield for Best Cadet by the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor John Longdon.
The Seaton Shield for the best cadet non commissioned officer, was presented to Cadet Sergeant Jade Brock (18) by Andy Seaton, an ex cadet now serving as a helicopter crewman in the Royal Air Force who has completed nine tours in Iraq.
The Mayor of Stapleford, Councilor Goff Walt, was on hand to present the ‘Mayor of Stapleford’s Cup for Endeavour’ to Cdt Matthew Carre.
In addition to the cups and trophies, the guests were invited to present awards to mark sporting achievement, BTEC’s, and two Duke of Edinbrugh Award (Silver) as well as numerous certificates to mark the successful completion of Bronze and Silver Award Expeditions.
The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe congratulated all those who were successful and spoke of his “pride at being associated with such a wonderful, disciplined and hard working bunch of youngsters.
The evening ended with Steve Seaton, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police Aid Convoys, awarding certificates to squadron members, including the Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Allan Munns, to mark the invaluable assistance the squadron gave in preparing for the last Aid convoy to Albania.
by Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
OC 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Sqn
South & East Midlands Wg