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Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps joined forces on the 6th July during the 30 Signals regiment open day at Bramcote barracks.

The Sea Cadet field gun team from the Training Ship Vanquisher gather speed as they approach the first obstaclesMembers of the Air Cadet field gun team from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps manhandle the limber body across one of the obstacles.

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 a gruelling obstacle course.

The cadet Field Gun display has been made possible by the Rotary Club of Arbury who recently presented the Ivan Davys Field Guns to the Sea and Air Cadet units in recognition of the close working relationship between the Rotary Club and the two cadet organisations.

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.

Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps form up behind the Ivan Davys Field Guns. Nick Ward (centre) of the Rotary Club of Arbury presents the Ivan Davys cup to the Sea Cadet team, which completed the run in the shortest time.

Flt Lt Ian Crewe officer commanding 121 Squadron said, "This was the first time that the Field Gun teams have performed in public. The cadets and staff have all worked extremely hard to perfect what has proved to be a spectacular demonstration. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to perform in public".

1999 was the last year for the Royal Tournament and the final time that the Royal Navy would "Run the Gun". Thanks to the Rotary Club of Arbury the Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps can do their bit to keep the tradition of the Field Gun Run alive.


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