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April 27th 2017

Air Cadet event takes off

The assembled guests

1359 (Beeston) Squadron ATC after officially being adopted by the Erewash RAFA. Cadets are pictured with Air Marshal Sir Barry North

An event to encourage support for Air Cadet squadrons in the region has been hailed a success.

Building Closer Relationships was organised by the Erewash branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and held at Foresters House in Chilwell, Nottingham on Friday 21 April.

Its aim was to showcase how RAFA and the Air Training Corps (ATC) can work together to help provide the best support for Air Cadets in the East Midlands.

The invited audience heard from guest speakers including retired senior Royal Air Force (RAF) officer, Air Marshal Sir Barry North who spoke about the roles of RAFA and the ATC in relation to the RAF.

The event was opened with a speech from the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Colonel John Wilson.

Representatives from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron are presented with a certificate by Air Marshal Sir Barry North to mark their adoption by the Erewash branch of RAFA

Representatives from 1360 (Stapleford and Sandiacre) Squadron are presented with a certificate by Air Marshal Sir Barry North to mark their adoption by the Erewash branch of RAFA

Erewash is the last remaining RAFA branch in Derbyshire and is adopting and supporting all the ATC squadrons in the county. The majority of Air Cadet units in Derbyshire as well as 504 (West Nottingham), 2418 (Sherwood) and 1359 (Beeston) squadrons were officially presented with a certificate on the night to mark their adoption.

Air Cadets from the units were also on hand to speak about their experiences and hopes for the future as were past and present Typhoon display team pilots Flight Lieutenants (Flt Lt) Jonny Dowen and Ryan Lawton.

Member of Erewash RAFA and Chairman of East Midlands RFCA’s Derbyshire County Committee, Wing Commander (Retd) Phil Giles, organised the event.

He said: “The idea behind the event was to inform the cadets about what RAFA does and let them know what RAFA can do for them.

“It may be we’re able to put competitions on for cadets while they frequently raise money, particularly in terms of our Battle of Britain remembrance events.

“Building Closer Relationships was a fantastic occasion that provided plenty of ideas for how groups from all sides can work together in the future.

“Thank you to Sir Barry and all of the speakers for taking the time to talk to us about their thought provoking knowledge and experiences.”

A full gallery of pictures from the evening is available here.

“Building Closer Relationships was a fantastic occasion that provided plenty of ideas for how groups from all sides can work together in the future."