On Sunday 26th September, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron held their very first Military Tattoo and Open Day. The squadron organised the Military Tattoo to thank a wide range of distinguished guests for their help and support in enabling them to win the coveted Morris Trophy earlier this year.
The day began with a formal parade by 85 cadets from the Squadron. The squadron performed intricate drill movements to an incredibly high standard. The Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, inspected the cadets and took the salute. Looking on with interest were several key figures from the community in Derbyshire – the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, the Chairman of Derbyshire County Council, the Mayor of Derby and representatives from the Army Cadet Force and Marine Cadets.
The Lord Lieutenant presented two of his unique certificates for Meritorious Voluntary Service to Adult Sergeants Ben Hirst and Helen Southall. They were awarded these certificates for their dedication and success in training the squadrons shooting team. The Lord Lieutenant was also asked to present some annual squadron awards to the best shooting cadet, best recruit and best cadet overall. The trophy for best cadet was won this year by CWO Elodie Marsh.
After the parade, VIP guests, parents and friends, looked on as the squadron began its Military Tattoo. The tattoo was kicked off in great style with a special Gun Run. The two teams were timed as they went round a specially designed course. The final saw the teams competing head to head. The girls team had won the timed heats but in the final, the boys team was victorious.
The audience were treated to breathtaking performances by the squadrons Corps of Drums and Rifle Drill Display team. This was followed by an intriguing display by the squadron Junior Cadet team. The Junior Cadets demonstrated the art of tent erection. They wowed the crowd as they put up a 10-man tent in under 5 minutes.
The Military Tattoo concluded with a motivation/teamwork display. The cadets showed how their motivational skills enabled them to work as a team to carry out simple initiative exercises.
Squadron Leader Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron said, “We welcomed over 350 VIPs and guests to our Military Tattoo. Our cadets showed the crowd just what the Air Cadet organisation has to offer young people. Their performances were top class.”