Sunday 1st July was hot and sunny, and another busy day for cadets from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron Air Training Corps.
Dame Ingrid Roscoe, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, will be retiring this year after fourteen years of service in the post. As a farewell event for her, the Lieutenancy arranged a Garden Party themed on the Commonwealth with over 400 hundred invited guests. Having provided a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for seven of her years in office the Squadron was asked to support the event.
The event was held at the home of the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy, Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham also the past home of Robert Blackburn of Blackburn Aircraft fame, and so was quite fitting for them to have Air Cadets in support of the event.
The Commonwealth theme for the day carried through the diversity of the entertainments and catering with a steel band, pipe band, bhangra dancers, carnival dancers, Indian canapes and high teas.
Before the guests started to arrive, the cadets and staff were provided with a brief about the Commonwealth, and information about Bowcliffe Hall, Robert Blackburn and Blackburn Aircraft, with special emphasis on the Blackburn Wing Conference and Events Centre, a stunning aerofoil shaped building that appears to be ‘floating’ in the trees. Appropriately equipped to provide information to party guests if needed, the team then dispersed to their various posts and the event was ready to begin.
Cadets and staff were deployed to provide support in various key activities:
· providing a meet and greet service at the entrance
· organising the car parking
· providing first aid cover
· supporting the hospitality of the day by handing out refreshments
Despite being a very busy day for her, Dame Ingrid took time for a photo-call with the Air Cadet team, and she was pleased to find that three of her past Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets were included: Flying Officer Felicia Doubell, Flight Sergeant (RAFAC) Alex Nordoff and Cadet Warrant Officer Joe Jenkinson.
Report by Flight Lieutenant P Doubell, 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, South & West Yorkshire Wing ATC
Mirfield Air Cadets meet at the Air Cadet Centre in Mirfield on Huddersfield Road near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For more information please contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896 (parade evenings only). To learn more about the air cadets click here