On Thursday 14th January, the Chairman of Derbyshire County Council, Mr Robin Baldry, paid a visit to 126 (City of Derby) Squadron.
Councillor Baldry was keen to visit the Derby squadron to understand what the air cadet unit was all about. He began his visit with a tour of the squadron project groups. These included modelling, aircraft recognition, first aid, shooting and corporate communications. Flight Sergeant Ross, in charge of the Corporate Communications project, explained to Councillor Baldry about the squadron’s efforts to gain a higher profile in and around Derbyshire. This includes publishing articles in local free magazines and attending more local community events.
Following a quick stop in the canteen for a cup of tea, the Chairman of the County Council watched the squadron display teams. First up was the squadron Corps of Drums. The team, led by Flight Sergeant Samuel Woodward, performed the routine that took them to the Regional Band finals in 2009. Afterwards, the Rifle Drill Display team performed their latest routine. Councillor Baldry was impressed when Sergeant David Wray explained that the rifle drill display team was practicing for the first time with 6 new members.
At the end of the evening, Councillor Baldry addressed the squadron. He told the cadets that he was extremely impressed with the standard of activity that he had seen around the squadron. He told the cadets that they were a great asset to the county of Derbyshire.
Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron said, “It was an honour to show the Chairman of the County Council around our squadron. We are working very hard to improve our links with the local area. This is one of many visits that we have planned for early 2010.”