On Thursday 19 August 15 cadets and 6 members of staff attended the annual Erewash RAFA RAF Band concert at Trent College, Long Eaton.
The annual event attracts many of the local RAFA members, as well as many others from the local community with a keen interest in the Royal Air Force. This year featured the band of the Royal Air Force College, conducted by Flt Lt Matthew Little and attracted over 400 guests from the local area, far exceeding past years!
This years’ guests included William Tucker, the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, as well as the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Robert Parkinson, both of which were accompanied by cadets from South and East Midlands Wing.
A fantastic time was had by all at the concert, Sgt ATC Glover commented “I’ve attended the RAFA band concert for over 5 years now since I was a cadet and I still think it’s one of the highlights of my ATC year!”.
During the evening the band performed many famous pieces including the “RAF march” and “Land of Hope and Glory” with the cadets providing support in the form of car parking before the event, and the staff assisting with drinks orders. Following a brief spell of hard work the cadets and staff were then treated to 2 hours of excellent music by the RAF College band, courtesy of the Erewash Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association.
The event is expected to have raised a substantial amount for Erewash RAFA’s Battle of Britain Wings Appeal on the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and surpass the record set last year.
So far 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron has already raised £600 for Erewash RAFA with their Spring Ball which will be presented at the RAFA 1940’s Dance on September 16 and is hoping to raise more with Wings Appeal collections over the Battle of Britain weekend.
By Flt Lt Jack Stepanian – OC 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron.