gold award at St James'sSeveral Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron were recently invited to St James’s Palace in London, to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award certificates.

To complete their award they have to take part in various activities.  The cadets took on volunteering duties for a period of 12 months which included representing the Air Training Corps at various community events.

The physical section held them to improve their overall fitness and to do this most of the cadets learned how to play table tennis.  They all had to learn a new skill and this varied from studying Aeronautics, playing an instrument in a band and leaning Marksmanship skills.

There is a residential element which involves staying away from home for a period of ate lease 4 nights and taking part in a group activity.  A couple of the cadets travelled to Cyprus for this and spent time learning about Royal Air Force operations overseas.

Finally, all of them completed a 4 day expedition in the Lake District.  Totally self-sufficient they used their navigation and teamwork skills to complete this challenging part of the award.

At the palace, HRH the Earl of Wessex took time to speak with the successful candidates and then certificates were presented by Mr Mike Bannister who was the chief pilot on Concorde.  Mr Bannister gave an inspiring talk about is time on Concorde which the cadets and their parents enjoyed.  

Flight Sergeant Katie Mowatt said of the day ‘It is an amazing achievement and going to the palace made all the hard work worth it. The day was very special and I was glad my dad was there to share it with me.’