Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps did their bit to keep a fine Naval tradition alive as they 'Ran the Gun' at the Nuneaton Carnival Gala Day.
The Cadet Gun Run, has become an annual event at the 30 Signals regiment open day at Gamecock Barracks near Nuneaton , however, due to the regiments commitments to the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics the regiment will not be having an open day this year. Thankfully for the first time in many years the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wings Field Day didn't clash with the Nuneaton Carnival so the Squadron was able to keep their Naval Gun Run tradition alive by performing at this years Nuneaton Carnival Gala.
The Air Cadet display team provided a demonstration of teamwork and discipline in the main arena as they conducted a Field Gun run using their scaled replica of the equipment traditionally used by the Royal Navy at the Royal Tournament since 1912. Gala Day spectators were held spellbound as the gun team of 10 cadets disassembled, reassembled and manhandled their replica gun and limber around a gruelling course.
The annual 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.
Having Run the Gun there was no time to spare for the members of the Gun Team as they hurriedly changed out of their Gun Run rig back into RAF blue for their next task of finding budding new recruits and networking with the public.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said, "This was a fantastic public relations opportunity for the Squadron, with the Gun Run in the main arena during such a high profile community event. The cadets have all worked extremely hard to perfect what has proved to be a spectacular Gun Run demonstration. Our civilian committee, staff and cadets have also done us proud once again this year with all the effort they have put into promoting the Squadron and its activities”.
He added "We have had an extremely successful day and I have no hesitation in saying that if the Wing's Field Day and Nuneaton Carnival dates don't clash we will be back at the Gala again next year.”