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Cadets from 121( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps have been enjoying the sweet sound of success after retaining the Warwick & Birmingham Band Competition for the fourth year in succession.

Nuneaton Air Cadets winged their way to success once again as they scooped first place in three prestigious competitions as more than 500 Cadets converged on Gamecock Barracks Bramcote near Nuneaton for a day of impressive activity and competition.

On Sunday 25 June 06 cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps together with contingents from 26 other Air Cadet units within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing assembled at Bramcote for the Wings annual training day and review.

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 band competition, drill, first aid, public relations, marksmanship, aircraft recognition, modelling 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, visit various uniformed service careers displays and even put their training to the test as they took part in various initiative exercises.

The 121 Squadrons first aid, aircraft modelling and aircraft recognition teams performed well in their events. Our drill team put on a magnificent display, something to be proud of. The highlight of the day for the Nuneaton cadets came as they took first place in the Wing Band competition, Corporate Communications and Cadet Photographic competitions.

Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said "We have held the Wing Band title for the previous three years and we hade to work hard this time to make it a forth. We were up against some very stiff competition this year but competition is a good thing when it improves our performance. I would like to congratulate the band and the adult staff that helped to training them. All their hard work and dedication finally came to fruition as they put on an outstanding display. Every cadet who took part should be justly proud of his or her performance on the day I hope we can repeat our success when we compete at regional level in September

Following their success, the Squadrons band and Cadet Corporal Dale Mckeown of the units Public Relations team who submitted the winning cadet photograph will be representing the Warwickshire and Birmingham wing later on in the year at the regional competitions at RAF Wittering.

The Training Day ended with a parade during which the reviewing officer, Air Marshall Sir Roger Austin, presented awards to competition winners and adult staff. Cadet Sergeant Graham Barber collected the trophy on behalf of the 121 Squadron band and Cadet Corporal Dale Mckeown received the awards for best Corporate Communications coverage and cadet photograph on behalf of the Squadrons public relations team.

The highlight of the presentations for the Wing as a whole came as Air Marshall Sir Roger Austin KCB AFC FRAeS RAF (Ret'd), presented the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing with a certificate in recognition of the fact that its cadets and staff had completed a staggering total of 75,000 hours of voluntary activities within their local communities whilst taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Millennium Volunteers programme. During his address Air Marshall Sir Roger Austin said "Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing is the first wing to receive the 75,000 hours certificate thus making it the top-performing Wing in the Air Training corps. The award of this certificate is a tremendous achievement for the Wing and demonstrates the commitment of both cadets and staff"

The Wing DoE & MV Officer Squadron Leader Bryan Coats RAFVR(T) said " The award of the 75,000 hours certificate is indeed a tremendous achievement for this Wing, and reflects the good work done at all 27 of our units. I am even more pleased that every unit has gained either the 100 or 200 hour awards, and we have a terrific number of cadets proudly displaying the MV 200 hr badge on their uniforms. We are now working towards the magical 100,000 hour award".

121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Band take time to show of the units Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing competition awards – Click to Enlarge
121 Squadrons drill team undergoes a rigorous inspection by the Wing Warrant Officer as part of the drill competition – Click to Enlarge
121 Squadrons drill team under the command of Cadet Flight Sergeant Sarah Johnson – Click to Enlarge
The Band of 121(Nuneaton) Squadron, winners of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Band competition for the forth year in succession – Click to Enlarge
Drum section impress with display of stick drill – Click to Enlarge
Cadet Sergeant Graham Barber collects the trophy on behalf of the 121 Squadron band – Click to Enlarge
Air Marshall Sir Roger Austin presents Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa with the 75,000 hours Millennium Volunteers Award Certificate – Click to Enlarge

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