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On Friday 1 st December the band of Band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron started its Christmas season off in the true style when they took part in a Christmas Fair at the Oak Wood School of Further Education in Nuneaton .

The fair was organised by the Oak Wood Schools Association which raises funds to enable it to provide the schools further education students with residential respite care activates in the summer holidays and buy appropriate equipment to support the educational requirements of the schools special needs teenagers.

The Air Cadet band helped to get everyone into an early Christmas mood as they played a selection of well known carols and other seasonal favourites. But on this occasion it wasn't just the music that provided the entertainment. Many of the young students took a very! keen interest in the band and its instruments and it wasn't long before they were counting the band into their next tune and taking turns at conducting. At one point the Squadrons Commanding Officer who normally conducts the band looked as if he had lost his job and been replaced by the students and the music actually seemed to improve. During the interval some of the students were given the opportunity meet the cadets have a go on the drums and learn the names of the other instruments.

Ruth Bowers, Secretary of the Oak Wood Schools Association said, “The Cadet band playing at our Christmas Fair really helped to provide the appropriate atmosphere for this charitable event.”

The band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron form up with some of the students and staff of Oak Wood School

Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We are always glad to help out with worthwhile charitable events especially at this time of the year. I think I can truly say that our visit to Oak Wood School was a little bit different to our normal engagements, the students were all so friendly and it was a joy for us all to be able to see the look of excitement in their faces when they were given the chance to have a go on the instruments and conduct the band. I must say however that I was a little more that worried when the cadets suggested replacing me with some of the students thankfully they couldn't drive the band home in the Squadrons bus so I got to keep my job.”

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