Milfield Heavy Horse Fair
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By Cadet Warrant Officer Megan Taylor - 1114 (Gosforth) Squadron
1114 has a well-known public presence at a number of events every year, from the annual Greggs Children’s Cancer Run held in Gosforth, to festivals and fairs held at Chillingham Castle during the summer months. However, on the 3rd and 4th of May, Gosforth took on a new challenge by making their first appearance at the Festival of the Heavy Horse, held in Milfield each year. The event is unique in that it showcases rare breeds of horse, as well as various local crafts and foodstuffs in the craft tents.
The cadets headed to Milfield early on Saturday 3rd, where they pitched their tents for the night and got ready to begin the day’s work. A number of tasks were given to the cadets, including helping to set up the various tents and setting up signs and banners around the festival grounds. In the evening, the cadets were treated to a barbecue provided by the Scouts. The staff and senior cadet NCOs also put on some first aid scenarios in order to help train the squadron’s first aid team, which proved extremely popular with all of the cadets. An early night was needed in order to prepare for the long day to follow.
On Sunday 4th May, the cadets were divided into a number of teams who would all undertake different tasks during the day of the festival itself. Duties performed by the cadets and adult staff included car parking over 1,000 cars, selling tickets for the event and also selling programmes of the day’s timetable to members of the public. Cadets were also on hand to answer any questions asked by the public, as well as helping stallholders to set up their stalls and manning the public relations tent, in which prospective cadets could find out more information about the squadron.
The weekend was a resounding success, with all of the cadets thoroughly enjoying the experiences they’d had at the events. The squadron will be further involved in the planning of the event in 2015, and will certainly be on hand to help at the festival again in years to come.
For more information please visit the Squadron website