Eight cadets from 1360 Squadron have met HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at St James’ Palace where they were presented with their Gold Awards.
Flying Officer Phil Prudham, the Squadron’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Officer who accompanied the cadets to London, said: “All eight of them worked very hard to get their award and meeting the Duke was definitely one of the highlights of the process. It was excellent that he took the time to speak to them about their experiences”.
After they met the Duke, the cadets were presented with their certificates by the mountaineer Nigel Vardy who gave a talk on his experience of expeditions including being rescued from the top of a mountain and losing his toes and fingers to frostbite! Fortunately 1360 Squadron’s expedition was not so dramatic with the cadets successfully completing a 50 mile expedition around the Lake District.
Fg Off Prudham pictured with the award recipients Cdt FS Lauren Smedley, Cpl Leah Rolfe, FS Stuart Lowe, Cpl Robbie Dinsdale, Cpl Amy Fear, Cpl Chris Elmer and former 1360 cadet Trent Peek (Sgt Emily Kilar not pictured)
The cadets qualified for the award by completing the five sections of service, physical recreation, skills, residential project and of course the expedition.
Flt Lt Allan Munns MInstLM RAFVR (T)
Officer Commanding No 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron