Cadets and staff from 378 (Mannock) Squadron welcomed two VIP guests to the unit on Monday (8 June). The Squadron’s formal annual inspection was conducted by the Officer Commanding of South and East Midlands Wing ATC, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson OBE RAFVR along with Northamptonshire Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel John Royle MBE DL. The event, which included a ceremonial parade and a march-past for the unit’s distinguished guests, was the culmination of the previous twelve months of work by the cadets and volunteer adult staff.
Colonel Royle enjoys a joke with cadets on parade
The inspection was an opportunity for Wg Cdr Dickinson and Col Royle to talk to the assembled cadets and find out what makes them enjoy being members of the 40 plus strong unit. Cadet Sergeant Leah Catterall (17) was acting as an escort to the inspecting Officers during the parade; afterwards she said: “I was concentrating on making sure all of my cadets were looking smart, which they were of course, all whilst having a chat too! The VIPs were interested in what I had done as a cadet and spent ages chatting to the younger cadets too.”
Wing Commander Dickinson talks to a cadet on parade
Following the formal inspection, Col Royle praised the cadets and thanked the adult volunteers for their work. On behalf of the Commanding Officer, Col Royle welcomed two new Civilian Instructors to the Squadron and, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, he presented a Certificate for Meritorious Volunteer Service to Civilian Instructor, Flight Lieutenant Mike Nichols RAFVR ret’d. Mike has been a tireless supporter of the Squadron, having spent over 38 years as an Air Training Corps adult volunteer.
Colonel Royle talks to cadets on parade
The Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant William Kellock, said: “I’m very proud of what the cadets have achieved over the last year and their fantastic turnout for this evening’s inspection. It’s great to see new members of staff volunteering to join us as well as being able to celebrate the service of stalwarts such as Mr Nichols.”
The Squadron, based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough, is currently recruiting for adult volunteer staff as well as welcoming new cadets to its ranks. Volunteers or young people interested in learning more about the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough can visit: www.378.org.uk or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Mannock