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Following their recent success in local competitions the Band and Corporate Communications team of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps where once again pulling out all the stops during the weekend in their attempt to reach the corps national finals.

The Nuneaton based cadets joined forces with teams from other squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham area to compete against six other wing teams at the Central and East Regional field day at Royal Air Force Wittering on Sunday 7th September.

The 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron band put on a magnificent display, several new pieces of music had been added to running order. Unfortunately despite all the hard work and preparation their attempt to reach the national finals was unsuccessful, they did however manage a very healthy score, which earned them forth place.

The band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, representing the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing in the Central and East Regional competition

The Nuneaton Squadrons Corporate Communications team however managed to hit the right spot with the judges. In the face of tough opposition from many of the other wing entries their display and presentation was selected as the winning entry.

Flt Lt Hincks Corporate Communications officer for 121 Squadron said, "This is the first year that we've entered the Corporate Communications competition and apparently the first time any Squadron from the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing has come first at regional level. We were spurred on by the success that we have been having within the local press. You could say that our achievement in this competition is partly attributable to the quality of the coverage given to our activities by our local media."

The band of 121(Nuneaton)Sqn, winners of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing band competition.
Left to right Cadets Aimée Lockley and Sarah Johnson, members of the 121 Squadrons Corporate Communications team with their winning display.
Cadet Sergeant Jemma Canning receives the Central and East Regional Corporate Communications competition trophy from the Group Captain Jenkins Station Commander RAF Wittering

As well as winning the Corporate Communications competition, Warwickshire and Birmingham wing teams from other local squadrons managed to come first in the Aircraft Recognition competition and the Fanfare section of the band competition and second in the Target Shooting.

Group Captain Jenkins Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Wittering presented the trophies to the winning teams who will now go forward to represent the Central and East region at national level.

During his address Group Captain Jenkins recalled how his time as an Air Cadet had inspired him to join the Royal Air Force and pursue a flying career in the course of which he had completed seventeen years as a Harrier pilot before becoming the Station Commander at RAF Wittering. He also emphasised the importance of good teamwork, which had been so aptly demonstrated by all the teams who took part in the competitions during the day.

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