Times gone by came alive once again to herald in the season of turkey and tinsel as members of the 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron manned one of the charity stalls at the Atherstone Dickens Night.
Members of the Civilian Committee, Staff, Cadets and Friends of the Squadron braved what was possibly one of the wettest evenings of the year on one of the large number of stalls in the Atherstone Market Square for what could be described as a Dickens of a Night in more than one respect. The persistent rain did undoubtedly deter many people from coming out and joining in with the seasonal spirit of the evening but there were still plenty of jolly revellers out on the streets determined to make the most of and enjoy the massive North Warwickshire event no matter what the weather could throw at them.
The Squadrons Civilian Committee ran a Tombola whilst members of staff and cadets were on hand to tell potential recruits and their parents all about life in the Air Cadets.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We have been attending the Dickens Night event for some years now but this was the wettest and coldest one I can remember. Thankfully the stall cover managed to hold out and provide adequate protection from the elements. I would take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who braved the weather for all their help and support and also thank everyone who donated items for the stall.”
He added, “This has been what can most certainly be described as a Dickens of a Night. It's been a very successful evening from both the fundraising and public relations perspectives. All the stalls and street entertainment of the Dickens Night set a perfect prelude to the towns Christmas. The evening's musical entertainment and the determined seasonal spirit of the somewhat soggy members of the public all helped to make the whole event a wonderful start to the Christmas season. Thanks again to all”.