Bilborough based West Nottingham Air Cadets have had their new building officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt KCVO.
Specially designed for the cadets of 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC), the building was a joint venture between the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) and the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) built adjacent to the Wigman Road TA Centre in the heart of Bilborough.
The unveiling of the commemorative plaque was to be performed by Air Chief Marshall Sir Thomas (Jock) Kennedy, GCB AFC RAF (Retired), President of South and East Midlands Wing ATC who, unfortunately was indisposed. The honour befell Sir Andrew in Sir Jock’s absence.
“Opening Party” from left to right: Flight Lieutenant Emma MacAndrew, Officer Commanding 504 Squadron, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson and Sir Andrew Buchanan after unveiling the plaque commemorating the opening
In his speech to the assembled guests, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson RAFVR, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, thanked all those concerned with the planning, development and building of the new facility. “The building bears testimony to the commitment of the ACO to the youngsters of West Nottingham now and for years to come. The building will allow for quality training for those young people who are prepared to develop themselves and supplement their school gained qualifications with the Btecs, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications. This is a great opportunity for the cadets of 504” said Nigel.
“Outside” a photo of the new building
If any 13 to 17 year olds are interested in taking up the challenge of the Air cadets, please contact the squadron on a Tuesday or Thursday evening beween 7pm and 9pm or visit the ACO Website, www.aircadets.org