July 17th 2017

A bumper weekend of activities – weekend round up

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Cadets who took part in the Gun Run

A host of cadets, serving personnel and veterans from across the East Midlands have headed to The Netherlands for the annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen.

Over 40,000 people take on the walk which has been an event since 1909. The distances involved depend on the age of those taking part, but participants walk 30 to 50km per day for four days.

Closer to home 209 (West Bridgford) Air Training Corps (ATC) held a spectacular fun day to  thank their cadets for all their hard work over recent weeks.

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Cadets at the gun run in Mickleover

It went down a storm and attractions included skittles, a gladiator soft play combat arena a barbecue and numerous opportunities to throw wet sponges for members of staff.

It was quite a weekend for the unit as a number of their members were invited to Trent Bridge on Saturday for the England v South Africa Test Match cricket.

Two of their members, Corporal Kapai and Cadet Hutley were also specially chosen to be among the Guard of Honour that welcomed senior guests to a Gala Dinner that marked the start of The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Speaking of British Summer Occasions the band of the 5F (Northampton) Squadron ATC were at the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone, showcasing their military skills to 150,000 motor racing fans while 118 Recovery Company of 104 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers held a recruitment stand at the Northamptonshire track.

Members of Air Cadets from Long Eaton and Retford were reaching new heights as they took to the skies at RAF Cranwell. For a number of the cadets who flew, it was the first time in the air.

Alfreton Air Cadets on the water

Alfreton Air Cadets on the water

Five cadets and two staff from Alfreton and Ripley Air Cadets made waves as they completed their two Star Paddlesport course. The group took their previous training to a new level while enjoying a whole host of fun on the water.

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (ACF) paid a special thank you to their volunteers and supports at their annual ball. They put on a great night of entertainment at the Arena Club in Leicester as a thank you for what the support they’ve provided to the cadets.

A number of Army Cadets from Derbyshire were joined by a number of teams from other units in taking part in a gun run at Mickleover Royal British Legion. The event, organised in partnership with 162 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps looks set to raise a substantial amount for charity. A team from Derbyshire ACF were able to guide the 40lbs timer replica gun around the course in the quickest time.

For the Sea Cadets this weekend was all about the annual regional rowing Regattas. Cadets took to the water for races with a host having now qualified for the national rounds where they will be up against the best in the country.

A round-up of what our cadets and reserves got up to at the weekend.