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740 Whitby Air Cadets Dining in Night

2014-03-25 10:30:11
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By 740 Sqn Website - 740 (Whitby) Squadron

Larpool Hall Whitby hosted 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps third Awards Evening on Friday 14th March.

Over 90 Cadets, Parents and staff attended the event along with invited guests. There was a chance for the parents to have their photographs taken with the cadets all dress in their finery, and throughout the evening, images of some of the activities the Cadets had been involved in over the past year were shown on a large screen.

The guests of honour included Wing Commander Dave Keighley [Commanding Officer of RAF Fylingdales] and his wife, as well as Mrs Val Barrett and L/Cpl Dan Barrett. Mrs Barrett had kindly provided a shield to be presented to the Cadet who was new to music, and shown the most improvement within the past year. This award was in memory of Tony Barrett tragically killed last year, who was the in charge of music on the Squadron, and was always keen to encourage Cadets to progress.

The evening was in the style of a “formal” RAF Dining in night, with the awards being made between courses to break up the evening. No Cadet was aware of who would receive what award, although some did try to guess, only to find in most cases that they were incorrect! The winners were surprised when their names were called out, as competition for each award was strong, with many cadets only just missing out of winning themselves. The presentations were made by Wing Commander Keighley as well as the Squadron’s Honorary President, Cllr Terry Jennison.

Following an extremely good meal, the Loyal Toast was made by “Mr Vice” – Cdt Michael Swales – who, following tradition - was the youngest cadet present. This was followed by BTEC Awards that had been gained by some of the Cadets. Other Cadets had already received theirs. There were also four promotions to SNCO’s, again, the expression of surprise on their faces was clear for all to see.

Once this had been completed, Mrs Barrett presented the family’s award to Cdt Charlotte Wharrick who joined the Squadron’s Band as a drummer having never played an instrument previously. Just as Tony would have wanted, she won this award, I believe he would have approved. It was an emotional time, and was as hard for the Cadets and Staff as it was for Mrs Barrett. Following this, Dan Barrett spoke of his father, and donated some “glowing” drum sticks to the Squadron. These will be used for the first time at the memorial to be help for Tony at Caedmon School next month.

It was an excellent evening, and the general feedback from the staff of Larpool Hall was that they would be delighted to have next year’s Awards evening there. From what has been said by the guests, it looks like it could well happen as everyone who sent in feedback [the majority] really enjoyed the night.

The full list of Award winners is as follows:
Academic Achievement - Cpl Smith
Achievement - Cpl Luddington
Adventure Training - Cpl Swales
Attendance - Cdt Atkinson
Best All Round Cadet - Cdt Kay C
Best Junior Cadet - Cdt Kay M
Best NCO - Sgt Power
Community Commitment - Cpl Hunter
Most Improved Cadet - Cdt Wright
Music - Cdt Warrick
Sport - Cpl Cooke
Radio Operator - Cdt Kaz
Turnout on Parade - Cdt Pattison

BTEC Awards were made to:
FS Marsh - Public Services
Cpl Seaton - Public Services & Aviation Studies
Cpl Luddington - Public Services & Aviation Studies
Cpl Smith - Public Services, Aviation Studies & Music

Sergeant Power to Flight Sergeant
Corporal Luddington to Sergeant
Corporal Cooke to Sergeant

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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