Cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron finished joint winners of this years South and East Midlands Wing Field Day Competition held at RAF Wittering, Cambs on Sunday 27th June.
Whilst the rest of the country were enjoying the hot weather and nervously awaiting the start of the England v Germany game (say no more!) cadets representing 29 squadrons from across the Wing were sweating it out in various activities including shooting, drill, first-aid and leadership. In advance of the day many hours had been put in working on entries for the day including aero-modelling and photography.
The Beeston cadets had a head start on the other squadrons as they had won the Wing’s inaugural Banner Competition several weeks prior and this would count in the overall score on the day. There were high hopes for the Drill team, having won the competition last year they went on to Regional success and eventually finished second in the Corps competition. They didn’t let the squadron down this year either, putting in an impressive display to finish first with CWO Marie Grant again taking the prize for Best Drill NCO.
Cadet Sergeant Nichola Whitehouse won the Cadet Photography Competition and the First Aid team came 2nd in their competition. There were top ten finishes for the Shooting, Aircraft Recognition and Aero Modelling teams as well which all contributed vital points to the total which saw the squadron finish joint first with 189 points alongside 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron. Incredibly this was a repeat of the final result in 2008! The trophy will reside with 1359 for the first 6 months and then it will move to the care of 1211.
Flt Lt Phil Bannister VR(T) commented “I’m very proud of the cadets, they have worked extremely hard over the last few months preparing for today. That has paid off with their joint 1st finish, well done!”
Congratulations to the cadets of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron on being joint winners and well done for all the hard in advance and on the day, it made missing the England match all the more worthwhile!
The Air Training Corps is open to all young people aged 13-20 who can take advantage of the huge amount of activities provide by the organisation. 1359 are currently recruiting, if you are interested and would like to be part of a very active squadron then more information can be found at www.1359squadron.com and www.aircadets.org or alternatively you can contact the squadron on 0115 9256774 Tuesday and Thursday between 1830-2130.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron