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Cadets from the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing of the Air Training Corps pulled off a spectacular victory by taking the trophy for the best overall wing performance at the Central and East regional field day. This was an especially significant achievement for the cadets and staff, the first time that Warwickshire and Birmingham had ever won the prestigious Fazackerley Tray trophy.

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 4th September.

The 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Band, which was representing the wing in the full marching band competition for the third year in succession, 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 second place.

The Nuneaton Squadrons Corporate Communications team also managed to come away with a creditable second place with their award winning website in the Corporate Communications competition. Cpl McKeown of 121 Sqn also took second place in the cadet section of the photographic competition.

The wing Aircraft Recognition team from 1368 ( Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa ) Squadron managed to take first in their competition. The Fanfare section from 194 (BSA) Squadron, Birmingham retained their first place title in the Fanfare element of the band competition for the forth year running and CWO Mahesh Chauhan of 194 Sqn also took first place in the solo bugle section of the band competition.

The drill team from 84 ( Coventry Airport ) Sqn. and the wings First Aid team both came second in their competitions. Other notable performances by individual cadets came from FS Hegarty who took Best Drill NCO and Cpl Newman of 1289 Sqn who got a second placing in the Aircraft Modelling.

121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Band leads the way for the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing team – Click to enlarge
121 Sqn band RAF Wittering Central and East Regional field day 2005 – Click to enlarge
Cadet Warrant Officer Mahesh Chauhan of 194 (BSA) Squadron representing Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing receives the Fazackerley Tray trophy from the Central and East Regional Commandant Group Captain John Ford – Click to enlarge
121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Band representing Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing at the Central and East Regional field day RAF Wittering 2005

Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron, who was acting as Warwickshire and Birmingham team manager said, "Although the cadets from Nuneaton are disappointed not to have won the band and corporate communications competitions they were largely responsible for the wing winning the overall trophy for the first time ever. Every cadet on the team should be justly proud of his or her performance."

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