Eight Air Cadets from Stapleford and Sandiacre were presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, the highlight of the annual awards evening.
Held at the Ilkeston Road Headquarters of 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron, Air Training Corps, the evening recognised the achievements of the cadets during the past year. A year which saw eight cadets complete the highest award under the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Wing Commander Phil Giles, on presenting the Gold badges to the cadets said “The cadets should be rightfully proud of the achievement. The expedition part of the award meant being out on the Lake District Hills for four days completing a course of 55 miles carrying enough food and clothing for five days as well as a tent. It is not meant to be easy and for eight cadets from one squadron to complete the award is exceptional” . Flight Lieutenant Allan Munns, Officer Commanding the squadron spoke of his pride in the cadets and also praised Flying Officer Phil Prudham for his hard work in preparing the cadets for the arduous walk.
Standing From L to R : Cadet Jake Buck (Sports personality), Cadet Lance Arnall (Mayor of Stapleford Endeavour Cup), Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Macpherson (Royal British Legion Above & Beyond Cup), Cadet Corporal Adam Hutchinson (Drill Trophy), Cadet Aisha Jaber (Best Junior Cadet)
The evening, attended by family and friends and members of the Long Eaton Branch of the Royal British Legion also saw cups and shields presented for achievements in sport, drill, and for academic success. Cadet Corporal Jade Brock (17) was presented with the Royal Air Force Association Shield for Best cadet by Wing Commander Giles as well as gaining the Seaton shield for being the best cadet non commissioned officer presented by Mandy Seaton, the squadron’s Chairperson.
The deputy Mayor of Stapleford Cllr Goff Walt was on hand to present the Mayor of Stapleford’s Cup for Endeavour to Cadet Lance Arnall and Colin Harrison of the Royal British Legion presented the prestigious “Above & Beyond” Cup to Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Macpherson for all her hard work on the administrative and planning side of the squadron.
Councillors Brian and Christine Wombwell represented Broxtowe Borough Council and presented awards.