NEWS

MAY 9TH 2017

Wellingborough Cadet hits the right note for gold

Wellingborough Cadet hits the right note for gold   Cadet Alexis Spillan...

Cadet Alexis Spillane

A budding choral star from 378 (Mannock) Squadron has recently returned from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets National Choir Camp with the gold award for music.

Cadet Alexis Spillane (14) was selected to join the organisation’s national choir following a series of auditions which saw her competing against fellow Air Cadets from around the country.

Members of the 30-strong choir were the first cadets to be awarded the new gold music badge and it comes ahead of some high profile performances in the coming year.

The award of the gold badge is a first for the organisation since the introduction of a new progressive system of training, from flying to shooting and music of all kinds.

The badge is also a first for Mannock Squadron who have not had a badged musician in their ranks for as long as anyone at the unit can remember.

Alexis said: “I was excited when I heard that I’d been selected for the national choir and even better was the opportunity to attend choir camp at Royal Air Force Cranwell.

“It was a brilliant week of visits, around the station and locally, including Lincoln Cathedral, and of course a lot of singing!

“Now I’m really looking forward to our next performance where we will get to show an audience what we can do.”

The choir is preparing for a high profile performance in Boston in August, singing alongside the RAF Coningsby Military Wives Choir.  The cadets will be hoping to pull in a crowd as well as a few VIPs.

Mannock Squadron’s Officer in Charge, Flying Officer Phil Warr, said: “It’s fantastic news that Alexis has been selected to represent the organisation in this prestigious national team.

“We are all incredibly proud of Alexis for auditioning, gaining a place and for her her award.”

Mannock Squadron, based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough, is currently recruiting new cadets to its ranks.

Volunteers or young people interested in learning more about the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough can visit: www.378aircadets.org or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Mannock.

"We are all incredibly proud of Alexis for auditioning, gaining a place and for her her award.”