The heavens opened on a gloomy Thursday night at 2195 (Long Eaton) squadron. The parade square was damp, and due to the weather, morale was low.
Then, as if by divine intervention, the clouds thinned and vanished as the new-recruits rushed out and performed a gun-run with roaring vigor. This was swiftly followed up by a continuity sequence from the Drill team. Both displays required hours of dedication and practice.
The squadron was lucky enough to have the Mayor of Long Eaton as our guest of honour. In addition, we had in excess of 35-40 friends, family and committee members. For the first time, many parents were able to see what their sons and daughters had committed themselves to and how much time and effort was evidently there.
Then, the eight ‘new-recruits’ were destined to become fully fledged cadets in a passing out parade where the Mayor presented them with their 3822’s.
The parade ended with a march-past, after which, the squadron and guests retired to the squadron building for a buffet to mark the occasion.
Overall, the evening went extremely smoothly, with many parents commenting on how smart the cadets looked and conducted themselves.
Well done 2195!
By Cadet Sergeant Readyhoof – 2195 (Long Eaton) Sqn