Throughout the Veterans Weekend held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, cadets from Nottingham Squadrons of the Air Training Corps, maintained their cheer and enthusiasm throughout the rain and mud to support the Event.
The cadets and staff from No 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron, with help from cadets from No 1359 (Beeston), set up their camp and recruiting Marquee on the Friday evening in appallingly wet conditions. The cadets and staff of 1360 Sqn then camped overnight to be ready on the Saturday morning to meet veterans or prospective adult and cadet recruits. It was unfortunate that the wet weather persisted throughout the day and the expected crowds did not materialise.However, there was a visit to the site by the Under Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence, Derek Twigg MP accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Munir. Both spent time at the Air Training Corps Marquee talking to members of staff and cadets.
The sun shone on Sunday and the Veterans Parade attracted a large crowd. The weather certainly brought out the general public and the Marquee and the Glider Cockpit provided by No 1359 (Beeston) Squadron and manned by Flt Lt Phil banister OC 1359, generated plenty of interest.
Throughout the weekend, staff and cadets from other Nottingham based Squadrons provided support.
A spokesman from South & East Midlands Wing said that “the cadets were absolutely brilliant. Those that stayed the whole weekend in tents never complained about the rain and the mud. They just got on with the job. I gather that the veterans were impressed”
Sqn Ldr Sarah Mayoh-Smith, Wing MCO, organised the event for the Nottingham Squadrons.