Fifteen cadets and staff from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron were on hand at the weekend to support the organisers of the Ashbourne Agricultural Show with the management of the day’s events.
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 second 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.
The highlight of the event for the cadets was the opportunity to see the livestock up close. Cadets Paige and Holly Gedney were assisting with arena access during the equestrian competitions. Cadet Paige Gedney said, “We are both keen horse riders so it was a privilege to get to see such beautiful horses and talented riders.” 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 F/Sgt Leon Aldred manned an ATC PR display at the event. The recruitment stand attracted a lot of interest and potential new recruits.
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.