Scarborough’s air cadets are hoping to be named the best in the country after being nominated for a top award.
For the first time in its 72-year history, Scarborough’s Air Training Corps 739 Squadron is in the running for the annual Lees Trophy competition.
The nomination comes following a successful year in 2012, culminating in the local Wing Commander putting the squadron forward for the Lees Trophy for the Best Squadron in the Air Cadet organisation.
As part of early stage judging the Scarborough squadron was visited and formally inspected by Regional Commandant North Group Captain John Middleton BA RAFR.
After being greeted by Cdt FS Holly Oliver, the Commandant was invited to inspect the cadets dress standards and then take the salute for the formal march past.
During the evening cadet classification lectures took place and the Commandant was able to take part in Airmanship Knowledge where he was asked questions about his former role of a Tornado pilot, sat one of the new online assessments (and passed) as well as viewing cadets using the system live amongst many other activities that were going on around the unit on the evening.
While he was talking to each and every cadet and staff member his Deputy; assistant Regional Commandant Squadron Leader Sue Gossow RAFR checked over the administrative side of the unit ensuring the best practice is used to gain the cadets as many opportunities as possible.
Steven Lewis, squadron adjutant with the Scarborough Corps, said: “At the end of the evening the Commandant was able to express his views of the unit and stated we were an excellent ambassador for both the town and the Central and East Yorkshire Wing, that we had a bright and clean building which is looked after by the cadets with care and he could see we had a bright future.
“He was not able to comment on our ability to win the Regional nomination to the Corps competition as he still has two more squadrons to inspect, but we hope we have well enough to go further in the competition.
“If we do it will mean we are placed in the top five squadrons in the country, but even now we are officially one of the top 33 for 2012 – 2013, an achievement which we are justifiably proud of.”
As part of the process the squadron was also inspected on its Health and Safety record coming out with a Gold Star in HSE.
Anyone interested in joining the cadets is invited to visit www.scarboroughaircadets.org.uk , email email@example.com or ring on (01723) 381110 any Tuesday or Friday evenings from 7.00pm until 9.30pm.