For five of Nuneaton 's Air Cadets, this year's Wing Banner Drill Competition was the first time they had ever been called upon to parade their Squadron's Banner.
As with any formation within the forces, being chosen to carry or escort your units Banner comes as a great honour and is normally reserved for the more senior members of the Squadron.
But with only weeks of training before they were expected to parade their banner in competition with 27 other units, the five junior members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Cdt Kyle Evans, Atlanta Curless, Cameron Bennett, Mohammed Khan and James McCafferty, who had never had any previous Banner Drill training found themselves well and truly in the spotlight.
The Banner Drill Competition, requires the Banner Bearer and escorts to undertake a complex sequence of ceremonial drill manoeuvres all of which represent the uncasing, parading and re-casing of the Squadron Banner.
Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “I would like to thank our First time Banner Bearers for all their hard work over the past weeks. Not having had any previous experience, and in the very best traditions of the Squadron they all stepped up to the mark and paraded our Banner with the honour and pride that it deserves”.
“We didn't win the competition and you wouldn't think we had much to shout about, but quite the opposite, our First time Banner team, led by Cdt Kyle Evans, who did a wonderful job as Banner Bearer, put on a fantastic performance, quite plainly they should be proud of themselves”.
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