It was a proud day for the cadets of 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Sqn, when they were honoured with a visit from the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.
The High Sheriff, Commander Peter Moore RNR, accompanied by his wife, paid a visit to the Stapleford Squadron in order to find out how the ATC functions and what the Corps has to offer the youngsters of the County.
The visit was hosted by Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Allan Munns and Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson accompanied by Sqn Ldr Mark Richards.
After signing the visitors book, the High Sheriff was given a presentation on the squadron and the ATC. Both the High Sheriff and Mrs Moore were astounded by the range of activities offered by the ATC and the qualifications available to augment the cadet’s school and college qualifications.
During a tour of the squadron the High Sheriff saw cadets being instructed in various activities and met with members of the squadron staff and committee.
He expressed surprise on meeting some of the senior cadets, that so many of them had actually chosen a career in the Army. It was pointed out by Wg Cdr Dickinson, that the ATC provides top class recruits for all three Services and many cadets also join the emergency services. The training offered by the Corps is ideally suited to equip youngsters for that type of career.
During the squadron’s Final Parade in the pouring rain, the High Sheriff presented Cdt Flt Sgt Stuart Lowe (18), a student at Bilborough College, with his Silver Gliding Wings. The Wings had been gained after a course of tuition culminating in three solo flights in a powered glider.
CFS Stuart Lowe receives his Silver Gliding Wings from the High Sheriff.
On behalf of South and East Midlands Wing, Cdt Adam Hutchinson presented the High Sheriff with a Wing plaque and Cdt Jessica Kment presented Mrs Moore with a bouquet of flowers.
Cdt Jessica Kment, the High Sheriff, Mrs Moore, Cdt Adam Hutchinson, after presenting a plaque and Flowers on behalf of South and East Midlands Wing.