Award for can do’ cadet

SOME of Huntingdon s best air cadets were given awards at the annual ceremony at RAF Brampton. More than 70 family members and guests were on hand to witness the cadets of the Air Training Corps Squadron, 73 (Huntingdon) Squadron receive their awards. Win

SOME of Huntingdon's best air cadets were given awards at the annual ceremony at RAF Brampton.

More than 70 family members and guests were on hand to witness the cadets of the Air Training Corps Squadron, 73 (Huntingdon) Squadron receive their awards.

Wing Commander Paul Bower, Commanding Officer Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing presented 12 awards, including the Mavis Hedger Challenge Trophy, which was won by 15-year-old Cadet Alice Bettany for her 'can do' attitude.

Flight Lieutenant Heather Pateman, commanding officer of Huntingdon squadron, said "Cadet Bettany has been a role model to other cadets since she joined in 200. She has achieved her radio communicators award and youth first aider, as well as attending and leading on various fundraising; sports and adventure training events."


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The other winners included:

* Cpl Ryan Sheehan, 17, received the Bartlett Aviation Trophy

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*Cpl Christopher Priest, age 17, recieved Sqn Ldr Gibson Compressor Blade for Propulsion

*Cadet Simon Bond, 14, received the Mumford Memorial Trophy for Best Shot

*Cadet Vrywny Rainbird, 16, received the Sports Shield

*Cadet Alice Bettany, received the Adventure Training Cup

* Cpl Christopher Priest received the WO Hall Best Project Trophy for his Normandy project

*Cpl Peter Queen, 16, received the Barlow Challenge Cup for Efficiency

* Cadet Catherine Scott, 15, received the Andrea Bartlett Personal Achievement Trophy.

The last three awards for best new recruit, best cadet and best NCO were voted for by both the cadets and staff of Huntingdon squadron.

Cadet Michael Smith, 13, was best new recruit, Cadet Vrywny Rainbird, 16, was voted best cadet for her commitment and enthusiasm, and Cpl Christopher Priest won the best NCO.

Flight Lieutenant Pateman added: "I am very proud of all the cadets this year, they have worked hard and this has been shown in their achievements to date.

"It is also lovely to see so many parents here tonight to support the cadets and the squadron."

INFORMATION: The squadron, which is based on RAF Brampton, is looking for more adult volunteers. Call 01480 52151 ext 7179 on Tuesday or Friday evenings for more details or e-mail adjutant@73huntingdonsqnatc.org.uk

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