The Royal Air Force cadets and staff celebrated a year’s achievements at the Civic Hall, Ormskirk on Friday evening.
The principle guest was Cllr Iain Ashcroft and his wife, the Mayor and Mayoress of West Lancashire Borough Council.
Parents and friends of the squadron joined in with recognising the achievements the cadets had attained during the past year of training.
Course 1113 cadet recruits were enrolled into the squadron by the squadron padre, Rev Chris Jones, as part of an opening ceremony.
The rest of the evening was extremely entertaining and run by the two senior cadets of the unit, CWO Kieran Scarth and Flt Sgt Ryan McDonough ‘their own Ant and Dec.’
Every cadet on the unit received certificates, ranging from classification exams, Duke of Edinburgh awards, flying qualifications including pilot gliding and flying scholar- ships, First Aid and Health and Safety qualification awards and Marksman qualifications.
Five cadets between the ages of 18 to 13 years old, stood up and told the audience, of over 150, what they had achieved during the year and, finally, the youngest cadet, having only been with the squadron for six months, talked about his hopes of joining the RAF and how the unit had and could help him more in his quest.
Squadron commander Flt Lt Jon Routledge spoke of how well the unit had done this year, saying: “I am so proud of all your achievements but most of all just how well the squad- ron had performed in a wide variety of skills within Mersey- side Wing.”
The Squadron was asked to take part in the Sir Alan Lees Trophy for the Best Squadron in The Corps for 2014, a competition held over 987 other squadrons.
Jon spoke of how well the squadron drill team had done by winning the coveted Wing Drill Rose Bowl trophy, taking the team up to represent the Wing at regional level at RAF Cosford , winning that with outstanding marks.
This then took the team to compete at national levels at RAF Halton, the home of the Queens Colour Squadron. The team came fourth but gained top marks for their inspection of uniform and bearings.
Jon praised other cadets, saying: “The four cadets who showed remarkable knowledge of all varieties of aircrafts won the Aircraft Recognition trophy at Wing Level, for the second time in succession.”
The evening ended with 16 individual cadets receiving trophies for specific awards.
What a perfect end to a very successful year Flt Lt Jon Routledge said, adding: “I am a commanding officer of the best unit in Merseyside Wing and congratulate you all on your outstanding achievements and efforts. Let’s go forward into a new year with the same level of enthusiasm and commit- ment.”
The squadron is currently recruiting new cadets, aged from 13- 16 years old. If you are bored and need something to brighten up your life and are interested, contact Squadron Headquarters on 01695 581026 any Monday or Friday, between 7 and 10pm.
Come along and see for yourself.