Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps joined forces once again as they 'Ran the Gun' at the 30 Signals regiment open day at Bramcote barracks near Nuneaton.
The Sea and Air Cadet display teams 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 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 the president of the Rotary Club of Arbury presented the Ivan Davys cup to the Sea Cadet team, which once again completed the run in the shortest time.
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.
Flt Lt Ian Crewe officer commanding 121 Squadron said, "This was a fantastic public relations opportunity for both cadet units. The cadets have all worked extremely hard to perfect what has proved to be a spectacular demonstration. Our civilian committee members and staff have also done us proud this year with all the effort they put into our balloon race".
More images of the 30 Signals regiment open day Gun Run 2005