It was a busy weekend for Air Cadets from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC), as they carried out public duties and participated in joint exercises on 16th and 17th September at locations across the City of Nottingham.
Saturday saw cadets proudly participating in the Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeal by helping to raising money in Beeston Town Centre. The appeal is a centre piece of the Battle of Britain commemorations and helps those former service personnel from recent service and decades past and their families with welfare needs and support should it be required. The appeal is always an important part of the Beeston cadets work and is always well supported.
At the same time Cadet Sergeant Kezzia Cannon represented the squadron at Nottingham High School in the Nottinghamshire Cadet 17 competition, which saw cadets from all three military cadet forces compete in various disciplines against one another. The RAFAC won the competition against competitors from the Army Cadet Force, Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps and Marine Cadets.
To complete the busy round up of duties the squadron also provided a large contingent of cadets to the Nottingham Battle of Britain Parade held in central Nottingham on Sunday. This important parade, remembering the struggle for aerial supremacy above the skies over Southern England in 1940, saw 120 cadets hi-light the light blue foot print of the Royal Air Force and RAFAC to a large crowd and loud applause. 1359 Sqn also provided the largest staff contingent for the parade, seeing Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Phil Bannister as Number 1 Flight Commander, Flying Officer Gareth Fowler as Number 4 Flight Commander, Warrant Officer Rob Phillips as Parade Warrant Officer and Flight Sergeant Kyle Crawford as drill instructor Non Commissioned Officer In Charge Number 4 Flight.