Despite heavy showers and over cast skies, South and East Midlands Wing shone at Central and East Region’s Annual Field Day Competition, taking the overall Trophy as the best in the Region.
The Wing competed in all events and consistently scored well to over-come the stiff opposition from the other five wings in both the individual and team events.
There were notable successes in the Band categories, Aircraft Modelling, Aircraft Recognition and Media. Together with high placings in all other events showed that the Wing, working as a team, were invincible on the day.
The highlights included:
- The Wing won the Sqn Ldr Lewitt Trophy for Shooting
- The Wing won the BAe 146 Trophy for Best Diorama (126 (City of Derby) Sqn)
- The Wing won the Cadet Media Competition (1181 (Syston) Sqn)
- The Wing won the East Anglian TAVRA Shield for Best Percussion Section (126 (City of Derby) Sqn)
- CWO Elton of 2070 (Glenfield) Sqn won the Joliffe Cup for Best Drill NCO
- Sgt Tomlinson of 1084 (Market Harborough) Sqn won the Tobacco Cup for Best Drum Major
- CWO Tomlinson of 1084 (Market Harborough) Sqn won the Solo Drummer section
- CFS Mawby of 1101 (Kettering) Sqn won the cadet Photographic competition
- The Wing placed second for First Aid and the Ensemble Section
- Cdt Stark of 1461 (Wigston) Sqn placed second for the Best Individual Aircraft Model
- Cdt Ferris of 378 (Mannock) Sqn placed second for the Best Individual Shot
- Sgt Campbell of 1101 (Kettering) Sqn placed second for the Staff Photographic competition
- The Wing placed third in the majority of the remaining competitions
The Winning South & East Midlands team with Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson, OC South & East Midlands Wing
Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & east Midlands Wing expressed his “Pride in commanding a Wing that has shown exceptional talent, hard work and Team Spirit” The Wing Commander thanked all the cadets who worked so hard to achieve this success and the staff who have put in so much to ensure that the strongest team possible was available on the day.
Squadron Leader Mark Richards, who was overall responsible for the Wing contingent at the Regional Field Day echoed Wing Commander Dickinson’s comments and said “I thank all the participants for their efforts, not just on the day, but also for their hard work and preparation leading up to the Region Field Day. In addition, thanks also to all the staff who helped prepare the teams for their respective competitions. The Wing contingent had some last-minute replacements in the various teams which makes the overall achievement even more impressive – well done to all concerned”.
Group Captain Brett Morrell, Regional Commandant of Central & East Region, presented the trophies to the winning teams and individuals.
By Flt Lt Allan Munns, Wing Media & Communications Officer