February 8th 2016

Wigston Air Cadets celebrate success with Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant

Cadets from 1461 (Wigston and District) Squadron celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps

1461 (Wigston & District) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation in style at the weekend with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton.

The event, which was attended by guests including Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson as well as representatives from the Royal Air Forces Association , celebrated the success of the squadron throughout 2015 as well as the launch of a new fundraising campaign which will see cadets complete a static cycle of over 11833 miles – the distance to all units in the ATC.

The first part of the day was the annual presentation of awards to the cadets for the hard work they put in over the course of 2015. Each cadet on parade was presented with at least one award which included a range of marksman badges, Heartstart awards, swimming proficiency awards and classification badges. The day was also a fantastic opportunity for the current Training and Development Flight (TDF), headed up by Cadet Warrant Officer Lauren Ashby, to pass out and receive their First Class Classification.

Following the passing out of TDF, the main awards were presented to cadets that shone through in 2015 in the respective categories. These were presented by both Lady Gretton and Wing Commander Dickinson. The awards included:

  • The Best Cadet award – Awarded to Cadet Sullivan, aged 15
  • Best Non-Commissioned Officer – Awarded to Cadet Corporal Timson, aged 17
  • Best New Recruit – Awarded to Cadet Chipara, aged 13
  • Best Sports Cadet – Awarded to Cadet Corporal McLean, aged 18
  • Best Shot – Cadet Warrant Officer Henson, aged 19
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Lady Gretton joined the celebrations at 1461 (Wigston & District) Squadron

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Lady Gretton joined the celebrations at 1461 (Wigston & District) Squadron

Following a March Past, taken by Lady Gretton, the cadets, parents and guests reconvened in the Squadron for refreshments and the Official Launch of Tour de Air Cadets. The guests were given the opportunity to talk to members of the Squadron about the fundraising challenge and some even got on the bikes to clock up the mileage.

Cadet Toby Tully commented: “It was such a fantastic day to be part of and I was so touched to receive a special recognition award. I love my 1461 family. Coming to cadets makes me feel very happy and Wigston Squadron is a really good place to be. “

1461 (Wigston & District) Squadron look forward to re-opening their recruitment window on 7 March 2016. If you are interested in joining the squadron, please contact CWO Ashby at or visit our website to find out more information.

“It was such a fantastic day to be part of."