July 3rd 2017

Weekend round-up 3/7/17 – Pulling in the right direction


LNR ACF's tug of war team

Armed Forces Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean the cadets and reserves in the East Midlands have been any less busy.

A big pull of the weekend was the national Army Cadet Force Tug of War tournament.

Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF’s boys 560kg team were crowned national champions following an excellent victory over the South West in the final.

Their girls 530kg team were edged out by the triumphant Derbyshire team who claimed the national title in the competition held in York.

A number of units were out in force at parades and celebrations.

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force were once again one of the star attractions at the prestigious Buxton Military Tattoo. The band are the only ones to have played at every running of the established event that’s a highlight of the local calendar.

The Corps of Drums at Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force made their annual pilgrimage to Belgium where they visited cemeteries and war memorials near Passchendaele and played an impromptu performance on the seafront in Ostend.

Wellingborough Sea Cadets were out in force throughout the weekend at the Wellingborough Carnival. The cadets took part in the parade on a boat that was towed through the town on Saturday and they held a fund-raising tombola at the Party in the Park the following day.

Similarly, Worksop Sea and Royal Marines Cadets were at the forefront of the Shireoaks Carnival parade on Saturday.

Armed Forces Day celebrations continued this weekend with 160 (Lincoln) Squadron, 158 Royal Logistics Corps supporting celebrations in both Cleethorpes and at Branston School while Brackley Sea Cadets made the short trip across the border into Oxfordshire to take part in Banbury’s Armed Forces Day.

The parade in Cleethorpes also saw the first ever public performance of Trent Wing Air Cadets’ new band which has launched with members from five squadrons from the wing.

Derbyshire ACF's band at the Buxton Military Tattoo

Derbyshire ACF’s band at the Buxton Military Tattoo

Two Northampton Sea Cadets enjoyed the sunshine up in Scarborough as they took to the water in the bay and learned about power boats in a memorable trip while a host of cadets from 378 (Mannock) Squadron of the Air Training Corps enjoyed a first taste of flying at RAF Cranwell.

Congratulations go to reservists Corporal Josh Carlisle and Sapper Potter of 350 Field Squadron, 33 Engineer Regiment who have passed the gruelling Pre Parachute selection course to earn their maroon berets.

You can get an idea of what the two had to do to pass the course here.

Aside from the unit having representatives at the Northampton Town Festival on Saturday, there was plenty of learning too for 148 Field Company, 104 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). They enjoyed a session learning about engines, particularly the skill of removing them from vehicles intact.

This weekend saw members of C (Kohima) Company 4 Mercian joined their colleagues from the regiment by taking part in the annual Mercian Regimental Pilgrimage to Crich.

Soldiers from all the units in the Regiment travel to Derbyshire for the parade to the memorial to remember the fallen.

C Company’s own Lieutenant Seb Moulding carried the Queen’s Colour with Sergeant Carl Taylor and Sergeant Bryan Chadbourne acting as escorts to the colours.

This round-up is made up from your social media posts and just scratches the surface of the activities cadets and reserves have been up to over the weekend.

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