126 (City of Derby) Squadron Rifle Drill Display Team were honoured to meet the inspiring Norwegian Guard Drill Team at the Birmingham International Military Tattoo last weekend.
126 Squadron were invited to perform their breathtaking rifle drill routine as part of the Air Training Corps display at the Birmingham Tattoo to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organisation. Backstage, the team from Derby quickly introduced themselves to the Norwegian Guard, one of their inspirations for new elements of their routines. The Norwegian Guard watched the cadets perform their routine and spent some time after the performance giving them useful hints and tips to improve their drill displays in future.
Cadet Sergeant Paige Gedney was one of the first to meet the Norwegian Guard. She said, “it was amazing to chat with the Norwegian team. They were really friendly and were full of encouragement for our modern take on a drill display. Their enthusiasm helped us get through the routine in front of 10,000 people.”
126 Squadron Rifle Drill Display Team finished 2011 on a high with the performance at the Birmingham Tattoo. This was their biggest and best performance to date. The team were very proud to represent the Air Cadet Organisation at such a high profile event. They wanted to show the audience a twist on classic drill displays by performing to a modern, upbeat track of music. This was enhanced by fantastic lighting in the massive arena.
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron said, “This was a nerve wracking experience for the young team. We were performing alongside professionals who practice their drill and music displays on a daily basis. The cadets represented the Air Cadet organisation in true 126 style, with an exquisite, flawless performance.”
As the drill team from Derby left the Birmingham Tattoo, they were treated as superstars. They were met with applause from all directions and were congratulated by everyone they walked past. Look out for the team in 2012 with a brand new routine being prepared to wow the crowds at venues such as RAF Wittering and the Buxton Military Tattoo.