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On Tuesday 4th May the Cadets and staff of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps faced a rigorous 'Lees Trophy' inspected by their Regional Commandant, Group Captain Jon Ford.

The Lees Trophy is a nation-wide competition, which is held annually to find the best squadron in the country, the first stage of which is held at local wing level. 121 Squadron which has its base on the Ribbonfields in Attleborough, Nuneaton has been selected from 26 other Squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham area to represent their Wing thus joining small group of only 36 other squadrons nation-wide to reach this stage of the competition.

The formal inspection of the Squadron by Group Captain Jon Ford was the next phase of the competition. If they are successful they will then go on to compete against the winning squadrons from the 5 other regions in the final stage of the competition to find the best squadron in the country.

Having reviewed a formal parade and march-past by the Squadron, Group Captain Ford had an opportunity to see the squadron in action. During his tour of the unit he saw cadets undergoing Navel Field Gun display team training and a group of cadets who as part of their project work had set up an assembly line to package the Squadron bands recently recorded CD.

Over the past year the Squadrons cadets have taken a full and active part in a wide range of Air Cadet activities. They have achieved success in the air with several cadets completing their gliding scholarships to solo and advanced standard. The unit has also notched up some notable successes in competition this year with their band winning the Wing band competition and their Public Relations team winning the Regional Corporate Communications competition.

Group Captain Jon Ford said " This is a great honour for 121 Squadron to be selected to represent the Warwickshire and Birmingham in the 'Lees Trophy' and a marvellous boost for the cadets and staff who have put in so much time and effort in making the squadron one of the best".

121 Squadron band  on parade during Lees Trophy inspection.
Group Captain Jon Ford talks to Cdt Lockley watched by  Flt Lt Ian Crewe OC 121 Squadron.
Group Captain Jon Ford presents Flt Lt Ian Crewe with  Wing Lees Trophy Competition, Wing representatives certificate
Flt Lt  Ian Crewe presents Group Captain Jon Ford with a copy of the Squadron band CD as a reminder of his visit to 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron.
Group Captain Jon Ford reviews Nuneaton's Air Cadets during Lees Trophy inspection parade

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