At the invite of South & East Midlands Wing, BBC ‘East Midlands Today’ visited RAF Syerston on Sunday 21st June to report on the record gliding attempt as part of the Wing’s 10th anniversary Activity Weekend.
The cameraman / reporter took the opportunity to meet some of the Cadets & Staff in addition to filming the array of activities being undertaken by the Cadets. During his 3 hours in attendance, a number of Cadets were interviewed on camera and asked what they enjoyed about the weekends activities and what skills they have gained being a member of the Air Cadet Organisation.
Cadet talking to camera
In addition, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson RAFVR (T), Officer Commanding S&E Midlands Wing, was interviewed on the airfield to give a further insight into the aims of the ATC and discussed the benefits to the Royal Air Force of parenting such a professional youth organisation.
Wing Commander Dickinson being interviewed
In order to offer a greater understanding of the Air Cadet gliding experience, a Press Flight opportunity was authorised by Headquarters Air Cadets prior to the BBC visit. Squadron Leader Steve Cuthew RAFVR (T), OC 643 Volunteering Gliding Squadron kindly flew the cameraman to gain some aerial footage to accompany his report. The cameraman certainly enjoyed the experience as upon landing commented “I think I joined the wrong Cadet force when I was younger, I was an Army Cadet”.
BBC Cameraman Andy Mayer getting ready to fly
Finally a representative from the RAF Careers Office that was in attendance during the day was also interviewed. They were asked to comment about potential new recruits for the RAF who had some Air cadet experience, needless to say it was all very positive news.
A short bulletin was aired during the Sunday evening news and it is planned that the main feature covering the weekend’s activities will be broadcast on East Midlands Today early this week (weekdays BBC1 from 6.30pm). In addition, more footage and interviews are scheduled to be used by the local BBC in their series feature to celebrate Armed Forces Week. Therefore Cadets & Staff of the Wing are asked to keep a careful eye on the TV during this week to see who they can spot.
By Sqn Ldr Andy Pass RAF VR(T)
S&E Mids Wing Staff Officer