The cadets of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps had a busy day during the Nuneaton Carnival this year.
On Saturday 19 th June the band joined other community groups and bands as it performed in the Nuneaton carnival precession. Onlookers were treated to their renditions of many traditional marches and wartime favourites.
By the time they reached the end of the route, having played and carried their instruments all the way, they were all extremely tired. However, despite their physical condition members of the band had only a few minutes to change out of their band uniforms and don their combats ready to take part in a Field Gun display.
Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps then joined forces at the Carnival Gala to compete against each other in a Gun Run which has now become an annual event.
The cadets provided a demonstration of teamwork and discipline in the main arena as they conducted a Field Gun run using scaled replicas of the equipment traditionally used by the Royal Navy at the Royal Tournament since 1912. Hundreds of spectators were held spellbound as the two teams of 10 cadets disassembled, reassembled and manhandled their replica guns and limbers around the obstacle course.
Following the display Nick Ward of the Rotary Club of Arbury presented the Ivan Davys cup to the Sea Cadet team, which completed the run in the shortest time for the second year in succession.
The Air cadets didn't leave the field empty handed this year; Cadet Sergeant Sarah Johnson collected the Johnson trophy (no connection) on behalf of the 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron band which had been judged to be the best band in the Nuneaton Carnival precession.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said "This has been a fantastic day for all the cadets involved the Sea and Air cadets who 'run the gun' put on an incredible display and our band appears to be on a roll having won its second competition this month".