Mirfield Air Cadets at Lord-Lieutenant’s Garden Party
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By Flt Lt Peter Doubell - 868 (Mirfield) Squadron
Dr Ingrid Roscoe, HM Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, hosted a Garden Party to celebrate HM the Queen’s 90th birthday. The event was held at the home of the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy, Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham on Saturday 25th June.
Wanting support with running the day, and recognising the significance of the hall to the history of British aviation (the past home of Robert Blackburn of Blackburn Aircraft fame), she turned to the Air Training Corps for help with staffing the entrance gate, car-parking and in the hospitality tents.
On the day a party of cadets and staff from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron turned out and provided smart and enthusiastic support, which gained them appreciation from Dr Roscoe and many of the guests, who featured some of the most influential people in the county.
Before the guests started to arrive the cadets and staff were briefed by Flt Lt Doubell about their duties for the day, Bowcliffe Hall, Robert Blackburn and Blackburn Aircraft, with special emphasis on the Blackburn Wing Conference and Events Centre, a stunning aerofoil shaped building that appears to be ‘floating’ in the trees. Appropriately equipped to provide information to party guests if needed, the team then took post at their various stations and the event was ready to begin.
The Garden Party was formally opened by the Rt Revd Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines, and Dr Roscoe followed this with the opportunity to make presentations to two of the Air Cadet staff: Flt Lt Peter Doubell and his wife Sue Doubell. Sue, a Civilian Instructor with the squadron, received a certificate to mark 24 years long and dedicated voluntary service to the Air Training Corps; Peter received the fourth bar to his Cadet Forces Medal recognising 38 years uniformed adult service with the cadet forces.
Attractions at the event included: Yorkshire Air Ambulance fly-in, classic cars, West Yorkshire Fire Service, West Riding Woodcarvers, a swing band from Huddersfield University and birds of prey.
Having enjoyed fine weather and a very successful afternoon, Dr Roscoe posed for photographs with the Air Cadet party, and thanked them for their support. The cadets all agreed that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and appreciated the honour bestowed on them by being invited to help out at such a prestigious event.