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On 16 June 02 cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron together with contingents from 25 other Air Cadet units within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing assembled at Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote, near Nuneaton for the Wings annual Training Day.

The Training Day, possibly the largest event of the year for the Wing, attended by hundreds of cadets and staff from all over the region, is a day of inter squadron competition and an opportunity for cadets to take part in a variety of training activities. It's also a fantastic opportunity for cadets and staff to get together with all their friends and colleagues from other squadrons and catch up with all the latest happenings on their units.

The day's competitive events included the Drill competition, Band competition, First Aid competition, Public Relations competition, shooting (The Collins Trophy), aircraft recognition competition, modelling competition and sports such as football and netball.

In addition to the competitive events cadets had the opportunity to qualify for their RAF swimming proficiency certificate, have a go at the initiative exercises and visit the various uniformed service careers displays.

The 121 Squadron First Aid and Aircraft Recognition teams performed well in their events. Our Drill team put on a magnificent display, something to be proud of. But once again possibly the most fiercely contested event for the Nuneaton cadets was the Band competition. At the 2001 training day our band had been pipped at the post by only half a point by the band of 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Squadron. In this years competition all four bands in attendance put on outstanding displays. Unfortunately as in last years competition our band came second by the narrowest of margins to 495 Squadron who once again took first place.

All the training and effort that our cadets and staff have put in over the past few months in preparation for the Wing Training Day came to fruition as they took part in the competitions. We may not have come back with a bus full of silverware but every cadet should be justly proud of his or her performance on the day.

The Training Day ended with a parade during which presentations and awards were made to competition winners and staff. Flt Lt Hincks of 121 Squadron received his first clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal for twenty years of continuos service. The Regional Commandant Gp Capt. J.A.F Ford was in attendance as the reviewing officer who took the salute during the march past.

We would take this opportunity to thank the Officer Commanding 30 Signals Regiment for kindly permitting our wing to hold it's Training Day at Gamecock Barracks.


121 (Nuneaton) Squadron band marches on to start its competition performance.

Band under inspection. The standards are high, and the pressure is on.
The 121 Squadron drill team, selection is something to be proud of.

Drill team put on a magnificent display.

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