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August 11th 2015

Swadlincote Air Cadets team complete 100 mile march in Holland

Two members of the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Cadets joined a team of 12 cadets and staff from all around South and East Midlands to complete the International 4 days Marches in Nijmegen, Holland.

Pilot Officer Charlotte Hughes and Corporal Isobel Hughes, who are based at the Air Training Corp’s (ATC) South Derbyshire Squadron, completed the four day event in Holland.

The Marches began at 04.30am each day with the Cadets enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, joining in with singing and dancing along the route, handing out souvenirs and stickers to the hundreds of children that lined the streets.

Each day the team took advantage of the early morning cool weather, singing marching songs to help keep up the fast pace. All members of the team fully completed the four day marches and were presented with their medals at Charlemagne fields before joining the rest of the British Military Contingent on the final 5km victory parade through the streets of Nijmegen, following the Royal Artillery Band surrounded by regular service personnel.

Isobel said: “It was an absolutely fantastic experience, seeing the streets lined with thousands of local people at all times of the day was spectacular and it is definitely something I would like to do again in the future and a memory I will never forget.”

Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson added: “We are extremely proud of our members of this team as the Nijmegan Marches are an extremely arduous activity in which they took part alongside regular military teams from all over the world.  I look forward to seeing them return to Swadlincote wearing their hard won medals.”

The ATC’s South Derbyshire Squadron are currently recruiting new members and are to hold an Open Evening on Tuesday 8 September at their Eureka Park Headquarters commencing at 7.30pm.

"It was an absolutely fantastic experience, seeing the streets lined with thousands of local people at all times of the day was spectacular"