Cadets tackle 12-hour drill to raise funds for squadron

THE thought of tackling an army drill activity might be more than enough for some – but how about taking one on for 12 hours straight?

That is exactly what determined cadets from 2200 Oldham Sqn ATC did on Saturday, August 31 to raise funds for the unit.

Cadets arrived at 6am to get the activity underway by 6.30am, joined by staff members Fight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Joe Lord, Pilot Officer (Plt Off) Rebecca Yates, and Warrant Officer (WO) Ken Duffy.

They were divided into three flights, with each doing 20 minutes at a time of continuous drill, with a range of other activities available between stints.

Cadets also had the chance to use the squadron flight simulator and enjoy time on the range run by WO Ken Duffy.

Towards the end of the day was a special visit by dignitaries from the Oldham Branch Royal Air Force Association (RAFA): Mr Ron Williams (Chairman), Mr Derek Simpson (Secretary), and Mrs Muriel Simpson (Treasurer), who came to support the activity, and to donate funds to the squadron.

The cadets were also privileged to have their marathon 12-hour continuous drill activity halted by Mr Ron Williams.

At the end of a tiring day, the cadets and their families rewarded themselves with a barbecue.

• 2200 Oldham Sqn ATC parade on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm. For more info on the unit or to join email Commanding Officer Flt Lt Joe Lord: oc.2200@aircadets.org

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