August 5th 2016

City of Derby cadets claim trophy in national competition

126 (City of Derby) Squadron is celebrating receiving national recognition

Air cadets from Derby have been crowned second best in the country in a national competition.

126 (City of Derby) Squadron based on Curzon Lane, Alvaston joined nearly 1,000 units across the United Kingdom to be considered for the prestigious Sir Alan Lees Trophy, with the squadron put forward for the top award after being judged as the best unit in the Air Cadet Corps Central and East Region.

The winners of the six regional competitions were judged on a host of criteria, including the number of cadets and volunteers, the projects and activities they take part in and the awards they pick up in various competitions throughout a year.

The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, personally inspected each of the six squadrons put forward for the top trophy and visited 126 Squadron in July this year to tour the unit and meet supporting local dignitaries including the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mr William Tucker, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill and Mayor of Derby Linda Winter.

The Squadron impressed enough to be named the runners up for the Sir Alan Lees Trophy, which was won by 31 Tower Hamlets squadron, and will be awarded the Morris Trophy as a result.

Officer Commanding Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Ian Marshall, RAFVR(T) MBE, of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron, previously won the Sir Alan Lees Trophy while a volunteer at the 140 (Matlock) Squadron and has led Derby Squadron to victory winning the Morris Trophy twice prior to the current win.

Sqn Ldr Marshall said: “I could not be more proud of how the cadets performed at the inspection and throughout the year.

“We are privileged to have come so far in the competition and to finish second out of around 1,000 units across the UK. This is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved with the squadron including volunteers, cadets and their families.

“I am pleased to command 126 Derby Squadron and commend the cadets and staff for all their hard work.”

"This is a wonderful achievement for everyone involved with the squadron including volunteers, cadets and their families."