The Naval Field Gun Run held in the main arena during the 30th Signals Regiment Open Day on Sunday 22 June 2014, at Gamecock barracks proved to be an extremely exciting head to head challenge between the Royal Air Force Air Cadets of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and a team of veterans from the Nuneaton based Veterans Contact Point.
This hard fought race between the ages proved to be a real crowd pleaser with both teams being cheered on by the large and enthusiastic crowd. The youngsters from the Air Cadets were the first to run the gun in a timed challenge against the team of Armed Forces Veterans who were running the gun in competition for the first time.
The two teams of ten ran the Field Gun against the clock, disassembling, reassembling and manhandling the replica gun and limber around the gruelling course. Both teams provided an excellent demonstration of teamwork and discipline with the Air Cadet team completing the run in the shortest time thus taking the Gun Run trophy.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “I am glad to say that the Cadet Field Gun Run continues to act as an excellent demonstration of the importance of teamwork within the cadet forces. All the cadets and I am delighted to say the veterans from the Veterans Contact Point have all worked extremely hard today and I am glad that both the Veterans and Cadets have been able to do their bit to help to make the 30th Signals Regiment Open Day such a success. I would also like to thank the members of our civilian committee who helped to man our stall selling cakes to raise funds for the squadron “
He added, “This Gun Run was the first of two runs planned for 2014, so if you didn’t have the chance to see the Cadets and Veterans Run the Gun at Gamecock barracks, you will be able to see the two Gun Teams in action in the arena at the Armed Forces Day - Family Fun event in Nuneaton on Saturday 28 June when the Cadets and Vets go head to head again as they Run the Gun for the second time this year. Will the Air Cadets win again? Or will the Veterans take the trophy.”
Nuneaton’s Armed Forces Day celebrations on Saturday 28th June will start at 10:30am in the Rope Walk Shopping Centre Nuneaton with the Family Fun Day taking place at the Nuneaton Old Edwardians Rugby Football Club in Weddington Road, Nuneaton (CV10 0AL) starting at 12:00 noon.
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