June 26th 2018

Weekend Roundup: Kicking off Armed Forces celebrations

Activities were led by the Royal Engineers

The bridge building exercise at Sapper Cadet

Armed Forces Day is less than a week away but some cadets and reservists have already begun joining in the celebrations.

A number of towns held their Armed Forces Day last weekend (23/24 June), including Leicester.

LNR Corps of Drums in Leicester

LNR Corps of Drums in Leicester

Cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (ACF) supported the event in Leicester city centre, their Corps of Drums performed and cadets were on hand all day to explain to the public what they do and why others should get involved.

There were also Armed Forces Day events in Newark and Retford at the weekend both of which were attended by reservists from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, both events were used to engage with the public and explain what reservists do.

This weekend also saw hundreds of young girls from ACF Detachments throughout the Eastern Area head to Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham where they participated in Sapper Cadet 2018.

Timed to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day, the camp sought to give these cadets greater insight into the opportunities a career in engineering can provide.

Cadets took part in a number of different activities like bridge building and leadership tasks to gain an insight into the many possibilities engineering can provide.

Trying EOD techniques and tools

Trying EOD techniques and tools at Sapper Cadet

Notts and Derby District Sea Cadets held their annual regatta with cadets from Chesterfield, Derby, Burton, Worksop, Long Eaton, Mansfield and Nottingham competing in a series of races and handling exercises in different classes of boat.

The winners from the Regatta will now move on to represent the District at the upcoming Area Regatta.

The Band and Corps of Drums of Lincolnshire ACF spent Sunday at Shellingthorpe Gala where they performed but also answered the public’s questions about the ACF.

The Air Cadet’s, Trent Wing had their annual field day at RAF Digby where around 500 cadets competed in a series of different events including aircraft recognition, shooting, drill, First Aid, music, modelling and orienteering.

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