NEWS

NOVEMBER 7TH 2017

Derby Air Cadets land new home

Cadets in the main hall at the new centre

Cadets in the main hall at the new centre

One of the United Kingdom’s largest Air Cadet squadrons have landed in their new home.

126 (City of Derby) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets has officially taken control of its new centre on Curzon Lane in Alvaston the main building of which has been completely re-built.

The state of the art structure includes improved classrooms with modern facilities, a large new drill hall and a radio room for the around 130 cadets aged 13 to 18-years-old and 20 adult volunteers to use.

Work on the project began last December when the three out-dated 1970 modular huts were demolished. Cadets have been using mobile classrooms while the work took place.

The new home of Derby RAF Air Cadets

The new home of Derby RAF Air Cadets

The new building has now been completed on schedule and under budget.

Martin Capewell, the Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, said: “It’s great to see that 126 Squadron are already enjoying being in their state of the art new home.

“The unit is a thriving hub for young people in Derby and they now have a modern facility that will help the adult volunteers deliver even more of the experiences and education that enhances their experiences as cadets.”

Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, MBE, the Officer Commanding of Derby Air Cadets, said: “We are all still in shock at how good the new building is as we get to know what the facilities can do.

“The standard of the build is first-rate and the co-operation between the builders, RFCA and the squadron has been first class.

“I look forward to using the building to its full potential and seeing the squadron grow to become even more successful.”

“I look forward to using the building to its full potential and seeing the squadron grow to become even more successful.”