May 10th 2018

Weekend roundup: A busy bank holiday weekend in the East Midlands

The Albert Ball VC parade.

The Albert Ball VC parade in Nottingham.

The incredible weather and it being the first Bank Holiday weekend of the year meant cadets across the East Midlands were extremely busy.

Taking full advantage of the long weekend were the Air Cadets from South and East Midlands Wing who spent Monday participating in the Albert Ball VC memorial.

Albert Ball VC was a pilot in World War One who came from Nottingham, at the time of his death he was the most successful British pilot in the war.

138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron sent a banner party to his former home where a plaque was unveiled and a bus was named in his honour.

Later in the day they joined with other squadrons based in Nottingham including 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron and 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron to march through the city in honour of Albert Ball VC.

The Air Cadets were not the only ones to have ceremonial duties this weekend with the Band of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force supporting the annual Military Tattoo in Stoke on Trent.

Lincolnshire District Boating.

Lincolnshire District in kayaks.

They performed a wide range of music in a public concert before joining with the Band of the Mercian Regiment to perform a marching display.

Sea Cadets across the region also made sure they enjoyed the sunshine, both Nottingham Sea Cadets and Lincolnshire District Sea Cadets held boating days, where their cadets got to take part in sailing, kayaking and more.

Mansfield Royal Marine Cadets participated in a training weekend where cadets prepared themselves for the next promotions board.  

Cadets from the Kings School Combined Cadet Force held a survival skills weekend with cadets from the Magnus Academy CCF.

They participated in fieldcraft, First Aid exercises and leadership tasks before brushing up on their survival skills by spending the night under bashas.

With the long weekend a lot of units used this opportunity to take part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, including 1073 (Skegness) Squadron who sent their cadets on a practice Silver expedition.

Cadets from Kings School and Magnus Academy learning survival skills.

Cadets from Kings School and Magnus Academy learning survival skills.

1461 (Wigston) Squadron held their first ever Family Fun Day, where cadets and their families came together to tidy their headquarters before indulging in pizza and cakes. The day ended with an adults vs cadets assault course challenge.

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