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NOVEMBER 29TH 2017

Derby Air Cadets take Birmingham Tattoo by storm

Birmingham Selfie

Derby Air Cadets in Birmingham

Members of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron RAF Air Cadets took part in The Birmingham International Tattoo last weekend (25 & 26 November) where they performed a continuity rifle drill display to music.

The Cadets from Derby joined more than 1,000 performers including marching bands and standard bearers at the Birmingham International Tattoo, which is one of the country’s largest indoor events of its type.

The Derby Squadron  have been at the forefront of Air Cadet Rifle Drill for a number of years, gaining a reputation for excellence and being very much in demand by many supporters and events both military and civilian. This year has seen the team display around the country, most notably the Buxton Military Tattoo, RAF Wittering Sunset Ceremony and of course the 2017 Birmingham International Tattoo.

Performing at the event

Performing at the event

Squadron Leader Ian Marshall said: “Although this may sound a daunting prospect the cadets have consistently risen to the challenge and displayed to a very high standard time and time again. We have displayed at Birmingham for the last three years, each year with the display growing in popularity and complexity.”

The team is supported by a group of highly motivated and committed staff at 126 Squadron, where any additional support and training is provided. During 2017 the team has gone from strength to strength with the support of the staff at the Derby Squadron and the wider Air Cadet organisation.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Kloe Bensley, who is a Senior Cadet, explained: “When the Rifle Drill Display Team were first asked to take part in The Birmingham Tattoo it was a unanimous decision that we wanted to perform. We began training around two months before the weekend of the event once a week on a parade night. The team could not ask for a more amazing staff team. They have been very supportive and encouraging throughout our training period, even when we were at the arena our Officer Commanding Sqn Ldr Ian Marshall MBE who was with us, was still receiving phone calls from staff wishing us good luck.”

Display team ahead of the event

Display team ahead of the event

Cadet Harry Burke also took part in the event. He commented: “Birmingham was such a crazy experience for me personally. I have never been part of such an amazing team full of great people and staff. This was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my four years of the Air Cadets. It was mind blowing! It is so special to represent my Sqn and the entire Royal Air Force Air Cadets.” 

For further information about 126 Squadron please contact training.126@aircadets.org or call Pilot Officer Craig Mills on 07779 808362.

"The cadets have consistently risen to the challenge and displayed to a very high standard time and time again and we have displayed at Birmingham for the last three years, each year with the display growing in popularity and complexity."