Every year air cadets and staff from 148 (Barnsley) Squadron come together to enjoy a dining in night. The event is a chance for everyone to celebrate the achievements and successes of the previous year. Cadet Sergeant Dylan Kirk attended and wrote the following report:
The Squadron and guests recently attended the annual ‘Dining In’ evening. This year we were lucky enough to hold the event at the spectacular Tankerlsey Manor hotel near Barnsley. The manor was formerly a residence originally built in the 17th century and was an amazing space for the 130 squadron members and guests to spend time together celebrating the previous year’s achievements.
The night consisted of a three course meal with all the usual military traditions that we follow on such an evening. We were honoured to have a number of special guests including Wing Commander Brian Daniel from South and West Yorkshire Wing; Jeff Ennis, Mayor of Barnsley and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Colonel George Kilburn MBE.
Also in attendance were Kerry Garner and Aircrew Paramedic Sammy Wills from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We were thrilled and very proud to present Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £750 that represented the amount the Squadron has raised for the service over the past year.
Once the meal and speeches were over all cadets and fellow guests were able to relax and have a dance at the disco. Even Aircrew Paramedic Sammy Wills joined us for a dance! It was great to all get together, dance to silly songs and generally have a great time and a laugh with each other.
We all had a fabulous evening and, in my opinion, our Dining In night is excellent formal mess dinner practice for those cadets who wish to join the military at the end of their cadet career.
View a selection of the photos from the evening on our Gallery page here.
By Sgt Dylan Kirk, 148 (Barnsley) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
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