Fancy Dress is not how you would normally describe a Cadet’s uniform, but that was just the case when an enterprising young Cadet from 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron entered the “Fancy Dress” Category of a Dog show, alongside a young Jack Russell called Mitch. Cdt Marcus Dring was assisting with carparking at the National Caravan Club Annual Rally during May Bank Holiday, when during his break he heard that there was a dog show looking for contestants. As the squadron was camping over the weekend, Mitch, the Dring family dog, had been brought along, quickly becoming a popular Mascot for the Loughborough Cadets. He had a novelty RAF parka jacket (dog coat) and therefore the two entered the competition,resulting in a second place ribbon and certificate! The event was watched over by Loughborough CO, Flt Lt Kath Lane, who had given her permission for them to compete and when the award was announced, all staff and cadets present were delighted!
A rather unusual event for an Air Cadet to take part in, but one which was lighthearted and created a positive response from the public. Mitch and Cdt Dring have no plans to enter future dog shows, and have returned to more appropriate duties.