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Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) and 194 (BSA) Squadrons met up with the veteran actor Richard Todd who was the guest of honour at special NAAFI (Navy, Army, Air Force Institutes) Charity Night hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor John Hood.

Richard Todd who actually fought in the 6th Airborne Division Parachute Regiment during the war played the part of the famous flying hero Guy Gibson VC in the wartime classic movie The Dam Busters.

The Birmingham Centennial Centre at which the event was held had been authentically decorated to reflect the World War II theme, pride of place being taken by a full size replica Spitfire which acted as gate guard outside the venue.

The cadet band which had been invited to play at the function added to the nostalgic atmosphere of the evening with their rendition of a selection of wartime tunes which included the Dam Busters March as a salute to the veteran actor Richard Todd.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks of 121 Squadron said "We all had a fantastic evening our cadets and staff were thrilled to meet Richard Todd and get a group photograph with him in front of the Spitfire".

The Lord Mayor Councillor John Hood said . "This has been a fantastic evening which give me, as Lord Mayor of Birmingham the opportunity to celebrate the bravery of all those men and women who fought and died in two World Wars and raise money for my chosen charities. It's also been a great chance for me to dust off my mess kit and join other ex service men and women who also entered into the spirit of the evening by getting togged up in their mess kits too."

All proceeds from the evening will go to the Lord Mayor's Charities - Leonard Cheshire Services, Acorns Children's Hospice, Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Women's Campaign at Birmingham Women's Hospital.

121 Squadron March Medley

121 The Dam Busters March

The Lord Mayor Councillor John Hood with veteran actor Richard Todd - Click to enlarge
The Lord Mayor Councillor John Hood introduces the Air Cadets of the Nuneaton band to the Dam Busters actor Richard Todd  – Click to enlarge
121 Squadron band entertains the Lord Mayor’s guests during the dinner – Click to enlarge
Richard Todd as Guy Gibson VC in the classic Dam Busters movie

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