On Sunday 2nd October, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron held their Military Tattoo and Open Day. For the first time in the history of the Squadron, the award for Top Cadet was given jointly to two Cadets. Both cadets have been at the top of their game throughout the year and when it came down to the final reckoning, their achievements could not be split.
The Open Day began with a formal parade by 90 cadets from the Squadron. The squadron performed intricate drill movements to an incredibly high standard. This year, the inspecting officer was chosen from the crowd of parents looking on. Mr Ian Davies inspected the cadets and took extra time to ensure his daughter’s uniform was spotless.
Mr Davies was asked to present the annual squadron awards to the best shooting cadet, best recruit and best cadet overall. Cadet Warrant Officers Leon Aldred and Taisiya Marsh were the pair to receive the honour of top cadet. CWO Aldred has been instrumental in setting up and maintaining the squadron website and devotes a lot of time to supporting the squadron media and communications officer. CWO Marsh has been a key member of the shooting team and this year took part in the Athelings tour in Canada.
After the parade, 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. A team from Derby took on a team from 1401 (Alfreton) Squadron. The Derby team won but Alfreton gave them a run for their money.
The audience were treated to breathtaking performances by the squadrons Corps of Drums and Rifle Drill Display team. This was followed by a superb performance by the Band from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron who took time out of their own busy schedule to support the Derby Tattoo.
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 300 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.”