Air Cadets from Nuneaton and Bedworth had the sweet sound of success ringing in their ears as their music helped them to scoop first place in three prestigious competitions during the weekend when more than 500 Cadets converged on Gamecock Barracks, Bramcote near Nuneaton for a day of impressive activity and competition.
On Sunday 24 June 07 cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps together with contingents from 26 other Air Cadet units within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing braved the appalling June weather conditions and assembled at Gamecock Barracks for the Wings annual Field Day and review.
The Field Day is the largest event of the year for the Wing, attended by hundreds of cadets and staff from all over the region. It's 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 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 retained first place in the Wing Band competition for the fifth year in succession the Wing Media Communications competition for the forth year running and for the first time ever won the Fanfare section of the band competition.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said "We have held the Wing Band title for the previous four years and we really didn't expect to do so again this year. So many of the cadets who were in the band last year are no longer with us. We have managed to recruit some new cadets who have joined the band and they have all worked so hard to get ready for this competition. It's remarkable when you consider that most of them had never played an instrument or had an interest in music until they joined the cadets. The Squadrons success is all down to tem work with everyone doing their very best on the day, having said that I must say that our new Drum Major, Corporal Chris Newbery who led the band for his very first time in public did a wonderful job, when you bear in mind the fact that due to the recent bad weather we've been having he only managed get the chance to practice the full routine a couple of times before the competition. Winning the Fanfare section of the band competition for the first time was the icing on the cake for the band, I just hope we can repeat this sort of success when we go on to represent the Warwickshire and Birmingham wing later on in the year at the regional competitions at Royal Air Force Wittering”.
The Field Day ended with a parade during which the reviewing officer, Central and East Regional Commandant, Group Captain J A F Ford, FRAeS RAFR, presented awards to competition winners and adult staff. Cadet Corporal Chris Newbery collected the trophies on behalf of the 121 Squadron band and Fanfare section and Cadet Flight Sergeant Jenna Rodger received the Media Communications Award on behalf of the Squadrons public relations team.
The highlight of the presentations for one member of the Nuneaton Squadrons Staff came when Group Captain Ford presented Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks with the Commandant Air Cadets Certificate of Meritorious Service in recognition for all the hard work he has put into promoting the image of the Air Cadet organisation by setting up the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing website www.aircadets-wbw.org