1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening

PUBLISHED: 15:42 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:42 19 January 2018

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

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The 1094 City of Ely air cadets had a surprise last night (January 18) at an annual awards evening.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

A special honour was bestowed upon the whole squadron by David Martin, chairman of Ely’s Royal British Legion, who signed papers of affiliation linking the squadron and the legion.

Mr Martin was a former Ely air cadet before a career in the RAF.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

Neil Grimson, chairman of the civilian committee explained the role of the committee in supporting the squadron and raising funds to support the commanding officer and his work. The committee is keen to welcome new volunteers.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, mayor of Ely was guest of honour and presented the City of Ely Cup, awarded for outstanding cadets of the year.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

Cllr Hobbs, a former Ely cadet himself, said: “How smart you look, you are a credit to Ely, the uniform and your parents.

“Thank you for representing Ely so wonderfully well.”

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

Cllr Hobbs and commanding officer Fl Lt Nick Wilson presented the awards:

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

• Laverham Green Trophy for high achievement: Sergeant Joe Harris.

The award requires a high degree of commitment to squadron activities coupled with success at formal subjects as well as such awards as, D of E, first aid etc.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

• Fred Pizey Citizenship Plate: Sergeant Emily Pieters and Corporal Luca Chadwick.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

The cadet who has demonstrated a clear commitment to helping others during the year can take the form of charity collecting through to the voluntary service element of D of E.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

• City of Ely - Best Cadet (male and female):- Flight Sergeant Rebecca Sutton and Sergeant Rory Donoghue.

Most outstanding cadet for year. Smartness and attendances are critical but also how well they have developed in terms of enthusiasm and team working also count.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, mayor of Ely - 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike RouseCouncillor Richard Hobbs, mayor of Ely - 1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

• Best NCO: Sergeant Rory Donoghue.

1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse1094 City of Ely Squadron Air Cadets celebrate their achievements at annual awards evening. Photo: Mike Rouse

Most Outstanding NCO for the year. Critical are smartness and attendance, work ethic and how well they have developed in terms of mentoring other cadets, enthusiasm and team leadership.

• Shepherds Friendly Society (aircraft modelling): Leading Cadet Liam West

• Best Recruit Cadets: Jesse Bennet and Daniel Leah.

• Most outstanding recruit of the year in terms of enthusiasm, smartness and approach to task: John Grant Plate: Cadet Thomas Hales.

This latter award is aimed at a cadet who has shown endeavour and enthusiasm in the face of adversity.

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