Sunday 6th June 2015 marked the annual open day at the Defence Animal Centre (DAC), Melton. Staff and cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, South and East Midlands Wing, were out in force to support the day and help out on a variety of stands.
With great weather, the DAC had a great turnout come and see what they get upto. Throughout the day there were a variety of dog displays, chances to go and see the horses and dogs of the DAC, lots of great stands and recruiting information. There was even a range of animals available for members of the public to hold ranging from meerkats to skunks and even tarantulas, that some of the braver cadets chose to hold! The air cadets all got stuck in helping to put up stands before the event opened to the public. Once the public were in, the cadets demonstrated and talked about the wide range of activities on offer within the Air Cadet Organisation, giving out leaflets to anybody who was interested. The squadron were also joined by the RAF Recruitment team from the Armed Forces Careers Office, Lincoln. The cadets and RAF Recruitment team helped to answer a number of questions from members of the public and managed to give out lots of future pilot stickers in the process.
Whilst at the event, the squadron were lucky enough to meet Staff Sergeant Ted Parsons, one of the Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital. Ted is a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps and took some time to speak to the cadets and staff about his career before carrying on seeing all the fab stands at the event. The squadron also provided a group of cadets to assist at the Royal Air Force Association stand, who were fundraising for the Wings Appeal. Their stand attracted a lot of attention and managed to raise a staggering £420.43 with the help of the RAF and the air cadet team. At the end of the day, the cadets took part in one of the dog displays, helping to demonstrate the capability of the RAF Drugs Search Dogs that is used to train Dog Handlers based at the DAC.
Cadet Samuel Page, aged 14, commented, “Another great annual open day at the DAC once again! I’m sure I’m speaking on behalf of all the cadets when I say what a good day it was. With a great turnout of staff and cadets from 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron – today ran smoothly and we managed to raise money for the RAFA and do some recruiting for the ATC; keeping our wonderful reputation and doing Melton proud again!”
Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVRT
1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron