London Wing have formed part of the London and South East Region (LaSER) team at the Corps National Band Championships held at Royal Air Force Halton on 22 November 2015. The competition was well attended and saw Group Captain Al Lewis, Regional Commandant LaSER, our Honorary Ambassador Group Captain Carol Vorderman, Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty and Air Marshal Sir Baz North, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel and Capability cheer on the Cadets throughout the competitions.
The contingent, the largest ever from London Wing saw Cadets from 4F, 9F, 48F, 282 and 452 Squadron represent LaSER t at the competition which attracts the best musical talent from across the Air Cadet Organisation.
Wing Commander Colin Gale, Officer Commanding London Wing, was “incredibly proud of all of the Cadets from London Wing. Their standard of music is brilliant and the enjoyment that shows whilst they are performing makes this an absolute joy to watch”.
282 (East Ham) Squadron were pipped to the post and came away with Silver medals. Flight Lieutenant Christopher Booty, Officer Commanding 282 Squadron was delighted with the result. “If you take into account that this is the first time that the unit has made it to a National level I could not have hoped for more. This achievement is testament to the commitment and hard work of the Cadets and Staff in the Band”.
Cadet Warrant Officer Beth Kilminster from 48F (Hampstead) Squadron was placed third in the Solo Drummer competition and was “absolutely delighted with the result. To be able to say I am one of the top three Dummers in the Air Cadet Organisation hasn’t quite sunk in yet!”.
9F (Islington) Squadron’s ensemble also placed third in the competition and took the crown as the best vocalists in the Air Cadet Organisation. Flight Lieutenant Taz Bhachoo, Officer Commanding 9F Squadron said that the competition was “the surreal culmination of months of hard work on the part of the Cadets. Seeing the judges, Group Captain Vorderman, Commandant Air Cadets and Air Marshall Sir Barry North singing along to their piece was something I know the cadets will not forget!”.
Overall the weekend was a resounding success for London Wing and LaSER. Group Captain Al Lewis, Regional Commandant LaSER was absolutely delighted to have the “loudest and proudest Region at the Competition” and is looking forward to seeing the musicians at various events in the coming year.