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Champion Squadron Meets Champion Ram

Article posted: Aug 31, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Two cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron came face to face with a real life version of their squadron emblem on Saturday when they met Lancelot, the prize winning ram at the Ashbourne Show.

Cadet Corporal Alice Southall and Cadet Laura Gibb tracked down the ram whilst helping out at the show. Twenty cadets and staff from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron were on hand to support the organisers of the Ashbourne Show with the management of the day’s events. Meeting Lancelot was the highlight of the day for the two girls. Cadet Corporal Southall said, “When we saw Lancelot being judged in the sheep enclosure we wanted to adopt him as our squadron mascot. It just seemed to fit that a champion ram should be a part of a champion squadron.”

The Ashbourne Show is held in Osmaston, Derbyshire and is one of the premier agricultural shows in the East Midlands. 126 Squadron volunteered their help for a third year to ensure the smooth running of the show. The main duties for the cadets included putting up tents, tables and displays, guarding entrance and exit gates and helping marshals to direct livestock in and out of the main arena. Cadets also got to see rare and champion dog breeds in the dog show and were able to taste prize winning food in the Women’s Institute marquee.

The most memorable attraction on the day was the Llama racing team. Cadet Corporal Lewis Ricketts said, “I was responsible for helping on a gate into the main arena. When the stewards pointed out the Llamas, I couldn’t believe my eyes. They put on a fun display and were very different to the professional horse jumping that had taken place in the morning.”

Cadet F/Sgt Leon Aldred manned an ATC PR display at the event and got the opportunity to promote the squadron on Radio Ashbourne.

The Ashbourne Show Committee were highly impressed with the cadet’s hard work, motivation and teamwork. They have already requested that the cadets return to the show next year to support the show and the local rural community.