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Derby Air Cadets Win Tom Perry Cup

Article posted: Oct 09, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Five Cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron are celebrating their success in the Stanton Rifle Club Shooting Competition, where they achieved first place for the third consecutive year.

The competition was open to all Army Cadet and Air Cadet units affiliated with the Erewash Branch of the Royal Air Force Association. The 126 Squadron team, led by Sergeant Taiziya Marsh, performed extremely well, beating their nearest rivals by a massive 120 points. The Tom Perry Cup has been running for 23 years. Adult Sergeant Ben Hirst, the team coach, said, “Although this competition has been running for many years, this is only the third year we have competed. It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get first place for three years out of three.”

As well as winning the overall trophy, the individual team members shot well. Sergeant Marsh was the top shot on the night and Corporal Lee Kemp came second. Sergeant Marsh said, “This is a really good shooting competition for local cadet units. I’m really happy because this is the second year that I have been top shot in the competition.”

126 Squadron would like to thank Stanton Rifle Club for hosting the competition. They would also like to thank Ray Nobel, Chairman of the Erewash Branch of RAFA, who presented the trophies to the winning team.