East Anglian Air Cadets go North

Twenty-six Royal Air Force Air Cadets from across Norfolk and Suffolk have made the thirteen hour coach trip to return from their week long adventure in the far north of Scotland.
The cadets spent a week at the Royal Air Force base, RAF Lossiemouth, just outside Elgin almost 600 miles away from their East Anglian homes.
Whilst at Lossiemouth, the Air Cadets sampled the life in the RAF, visited the RAF at work and even ate with the Station’s airmen and women. They also visited local attractions and had the opportunity to try surf boarding on the local beach.
A week away at “Summer Camp” is one of the Air Cadet highlights of the year and the limited places are keenly sought after. Not every cadet gets the opportunity to be so far away, some of the camps are closer to home but still offering the same unique insights into the modern Royal Air Force.
The lucky cadets that sampled the delights of the Scottish Highlands are from Ipswich, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth and North Walsham and were accompanied by staff who gave up a week of their holidays to ensure the teenage cadets were able to take full advantage of the time away.
Being on an operational Air Force base, the cadets were expected to “toe the line” when it comes to their behaviour, dress and deportment and the well disciplined cadets certainly did themselves proud.
Cadet Corporal Matilda Potter (16) from Bury St Edmunds has been enjoying her second experience on a cadet Summer Camp; “its been a really good experience, during the long coach ride I managed to catch up with old cadet friends and with the breaks we had it made it a pleasant experience”
Billy Young, a fourteen year old Cadet Corporal from Great Yarmouth was experiencing his first Air Cadet Camp; “ I have really enjoyed the activities, sport on the beach, simulated flying and visiting a water park and add to that the experience of talking with pilots who fly the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft and looking at the work of the RAF Regiment, something I could never have done if I wasn’t an Air Cadet. Its been a fantastic opportunity for me which I record daily on a “Facebook” page”.
Flight Lieutenant Peter Coles, the officer in charge of the camp said; “It’s been a really good week. The Station (RAF Lossiemouth) has provided and excellent mixture of activities allowing the cadets to see life in the Royal Air Force, some local culturs and adventure training”