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Long Eaton Air Cadets out in force at Armed Forces Weekend

Article posted: Jun 30, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

June 27th to 28th saw 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron Air Training Corp (ATC) represent South and East midlands Wing in which represented the Royal Air Force Air Cadets at the annual Armed Forces day at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

First day of Armed Forces day saw Flight Lieutenant Hudson give the briefing and allocate the Cadet in Charge for the day. This year the Air Cadets had an outstanding display of 2 gliders one from 1973 and one Viking T1 glider which intrigued massive crowds of people who wanted to understand the controls of the glider and have a photo with this unique aircraft. The Air Cadets also had on display their brand new recruiting tent, which stood out, thus fascinating new wanna-be cadets, to sign up.

During, the several hour’s cadets showed their experiences and newly learnt skills to the crowed, which also included demonstrating the high standards of the Air Cadet Organisation. By the end of the first day of “Armed Forces Day” the Air Training Core were able to illustrate to the community the influence of the Air Cadets.

Sunday 28th June, 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron ATC along with various other squadrons from around the Nottingham area attended the armed forces event at Wollaton hall. They began at 0900 and finished at approximately 1600, on their feet all day and managing to recruit many possible cadets.
Exhibits included a full size and functional Viking glider and cockpit and displays of the many activities that cadets participated in. Cadets demonstrated the basics of outdoor survival with tents and bashers, explaining the basic principles of what to do while outdoors and showed many children how to operate the gliders, sparking interest for many in joining the ATC.

At 1000, a service was held, which around 30 cadets attended, to commemorate our Armed Forces on Armed Force Day. The service included a drum (there were five drums and lots of banner flags) and a display of banner drill from many different organisations.
Written by Cadet Sergeant J Bland