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July 27th 2016

City of Derby cadets reach last six for national award

The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, inspects the 126 (City of Derby) Squadron

The 126 (City of Derby) Squadron has reached the last six in the annual competition to be crowned the best Air Cadet unit in the country.

 

Nearly 1,000 units across the United Kingdom are inspected for the prestigious Sir Alan Lees Trophy, and the squadron based on Curzon Lane in Alvaston has been selected as the best unit in the Central and East Region.

The winner of the national award will be 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 inspects each of the six squadrons from whom the top trophy will be awarded.

She visited 126 Squadron on 11 July, touring the base accompanied by Cadet Warrant Officer Amber Short and meeting 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.

A separate award, The Morris Trophy, is awarded by The Commandant Air Cadets to the squadron which performs best in the final inspections. 126 Squadron has won the twice in the past decade under Officer Commanding Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Ian Marshall, RAFVR(T) MBE, who is himself previously a winner of the Sir Alan Lees Trophy while at the 140 (Matlock) Squadron.

Sqn Ldr Marshall said: “I could not be more proud of how the cadets performed on the night.

“We are privileged to have come so far in the competition and can’t wait to see how we fare against the other squadrons.

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

The final result of the Sir Alan Lees Trophy will be announced shortly.

“We are privileged to have come so far in the competition and can’t wait to see how we fare against the other squadrons."