On Thursday June 25th, the 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Rifle Drill Display Team headed off to RAF Wittering for the Station Commander’s Reception and Sunset Ceremony in company with the 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron Band.
The team appears at this event most years and receives a very warm welcome from all the Officers and guests present. As the team had recently dined out the previous station commander, it was a pleasure for them to perform in front of someone new- albeit nerve-racking!
The team, headed up by Cadet Warrant Officer Amber Short and Cadet Sergeant Jack Perry, prepared extremely hard for the performance to ensure they were in line with their self set high standard. Prior to the performance, the team was excited to witness a flypast which consisted of four Grob Tutors which were then followed by a lone Spitfire. All Cadets involved stood wide eyed whilst watching the event unfold.
It is a huge honour for the team to be asked to come back to RAF Wittering year after year as it gives them more experience, especially new members of the team, of performing in front of a large crowd.
Cadet Sergeant Jack Perry, the longest serving member and second in command of the team, said “It was a fantastic experience for us to show of what we can do to serving members of the RAF at such an important event in the Officer’s calendar – we’re all extremely proud. It was also a good opportunity for us to meet RAF Wittering’s new Station Commander who was very complimentary of the performance.”
The station continues to be incredibly supportive of the team and are huge advocates for the Squadron.
The team are now looking forward to their trip to RAF Northolt