Winning twenty out of the thirty contested prizes, the Wing showed their combined spirit and determination to maintain their hold on the title “best in the Region”, and they did it in style.
However, that must not detract from the hard work and tough competition put up by the other five wings that fought hard and valiantly to ensure that South and East Midlands didn’t have an easy ride.
Although only jointly winning in the Solo Side Drum competition, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing consistently scored highly throughout the day and were rewarded with a magnificent second place place and look to be a serious challenger for the title next year.
In third place and always a threat, was Trent Wing.
Although the day belonged to South and East Midlands, every cadet that attended put in a lot of hard work and the enthusiasm was almost tangible. The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn MacCafferty, after presenting the Trophies and Certificates, praised all the cadets and staff for their dedication and expressed her great pride in having the good fortune to Command what is regarded at the highest levels as the finest youth organisation in the country, if not in the World.
Although out of sight of the competing cadets, the Commandant carried out the Region’s Annual Formal Inspection and this was confirmed as another great success. Regional Commandant, Group Captain Nigel Gorman, certainly looked as though he was on “cloud nine” and sincerely speaks of his pride in commanding what is surely the best Region in the Corps.