Air Cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron got the chance to meet the famous JCB Dancing Diggers at the Ashbourne agricultural show on Saturday 18th August.
Cadet Corporal Cerri Minall tracked down the drivers of the diggers after watching them perform in the main arena at the show. Corporal Minall said, “The JCB Dancing Diggers were amazing, performing complex manoeuvres in a tight space. It reminded me a lot of the drill display we performed recently at the Buxton Military Tattoo.” The Derby cadets spent some time with the drivers discussing their display before posing for a photograph in front of the formidable diggers.
126 Squadron were in attendance at the Ashbourne Show for the fourth time. The show is held in Osmaston, Derbyshire and is one of the premier agricultural shows in the East Midlands. 126 Squadron volunteered their help 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.
Cadet Sergeant Christopher Whittaker manned an Air Cadet PR display at the event. He said, “I met a lot of young people who were visiting the show from across the East Midlands. Many of them showed an interest in the Air Cadet Organisation. I’m positive some of them will appear at an Air Cadet unit close to their home in the not too distant future.”
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.