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 New Banner.
But as other members of the Squadron dropped out of the original team and with only weeks of training before they were expected to parade their banner in competition with 26 other units, the five junior members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, Cadet’s Atlanta Curless, Mohammed Khan, Matthew Waudby, Shaun Hadley and Daniel Humpage, (three of whom 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.
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.
Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “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 Atlanta Curless, who did a wonderful job as Banner Bearer, put on a fantastic performance, quite plainly they should be proud of themselves”.
“The competition judge made a specific point of congratulating our team. He was particularly impressed at how well they had done given the limited amount of time the team had been together and the fact that there were no NCO’s in the team. Once again we couldn’t have asked for more, so smart and a credit to the whole Squadron. A fantastic demonstration of how good drill can be when you get it right. A massive cheer for an outstanding performance”
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