Flight Sergeants Steven Pugh and Daniel Lowe from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets travelled down to London recently on to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards at St James’ Palace. Steven and Daniel both completed their awards at the end of 2011 and had to wait over a year for a date to visit the palace as 2012 was a busy year for the Royal Family.
There were hundreds of young people there, and they were all split into four groups. 2012 was the first year that one of the quarters was comprised entirely of air cadets, since so many had also achieved their award that year. In their quarter there were around 70 cadets, and they were all held in the Queen Anne room, where they waited with anticipation to talk to the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Both Steven and Daniel managed to speak briefly with Prince Philip, and were very happy and excited that they had. Finally the Duke moved on to speak with the next group of award holders, and the cadets returned to their seats to be presented their certificates. Special guest presenting them was Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.
Flight Sergeant Daniel Lowe said “I am really proud on achieving this award and was really pleased to get to visit St James palace and chat with the Duke of Edinburgh himself.”
All eligible cadets at 1220 Squadron are working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s award at either bronze, silver or gold level and Flight Sergeants Pugh and Lowe now join the few that have completed all three levels and help run the award for others.