Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron set Christmas off to a flying start when they held their first ever Christmas Ball.
This formal culturally themed event at the Ansley Social Club was an opportunity for everyone to dress for the occasion with black tie and dinner suits for men and evening dress for the ladies.
The evening started with a musical rendition by a Gurkha Piper accompanied by 121 squadron's drummer Justin Allan. The Piper then made his way to the head table where he played the Call to Dinner, following which and in accordance with tradition, Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, presented the Piper with a tot of rum to which he responded by giving a traditional Nepalese blessing to the assembled diners.
The cultural theme of the evening then continued as a variety of different Gurkha Festive Curries were served to the guests.
After dinner the Flt Lt Hincks thanked the guests for their attendance and gave a short review of the year together with a projection of what could be expected on the Squadrons calendar during 2013. Flt Lt Hincks then presented Cdt Sgt Sarah Painter, who was regrettably leaving the Squadron to pursue her career in the performing arts, with a leaving gift on behalf of the staff and cadets.
The formalities of the evening over, it was then time for the cadets and it must be said, the staff including the CO to let their hear down a bit and enjoy the disco which was provided courtesy of Civilian Instructor Robert Allan who also took the opportunity to demonstrate his fine vocal talents.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The Gurkha Curry was somewhat of a departure to the usual menu that one would expect from a Christmas dinner but it must be said that it was absolutely delicious, and I say that as someone who would not normally go for a curry. I did however stay well clear of those cadets and staff who decided to hold a chilli eating contest, apparently someone managed six.”
He went on to say, “On a more serious note, I would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the Christmas Ball for what has been a truly outstanding evening, everyone who attended has had an absolutely brilliant time. I would also like to thank all the Cadets, Staff, Civilian Committee and indeed Friends of the Squadron who have contributed so much to the success of the Squadron during 2012 and say how much I'm looking forward to working with you all during 2013”.
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