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Long Eaton Air Cadets barbecue

Article posted: Jul 14, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

The Squadron Barbecue was a big success with hot dogs, burgers and cakes being sold to cadets and guests from a variety of different squadrons, celebrating our recent success at Wing Field Day.

Some cadets and Cadet Non-Commissioned-Officers arrived early to set up the squadron, and at 2pm people began to show up, including cadets from other squadrons, family, and friends of 2195. We were also joined by the local ice cream van partway through the day, who sold us delicious treats.

At around 1600 hours, Flight Lieutenant Stepanian was given his special leaving presents from the squadron –decanter and glasses, dinosaur cufflinks, two dinosaur bears and a 6ft inflatable dinosaur!

Shortly after this, a tug of war took place between 2195 and their local rivals, 1360 (Stapleford) Squadron. Of course, 2195 won! There were also competitions between 2195 NCOs and 1360 NCOs, only they didn’t seem to all be 1360 this time. The final tug of war competition was between the old CO and the new OiC, and I think the photo shows who won that.

At around 7pm, everyone began to leave as the barbecue came to a close. Cadet Jameson said “I really enjoyed the barbecue, and I hope to go again next year. It is a great event to get the chance to socialise with other cadets.”

A special thanks is needed to Civilian Instructor, Mr McHale who cooked and served the barbecue food, Mrs Croft who baked the delicious cakes and the Civilian Committee for all the planning and preparation that went into the day.