King’s Lynn’s 42F Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, held a Dining-In Night for Cadets, Adult Staff and Civilian Committee on Wednesday 6th February. Styled on a formal RAF Mess Dinner, the evening was organised by the cadets themselves with assistance from their civilian instructor Gary Walker.
Guests of Honour were the Squadron’s Honorary President Sir Michael Oswald KCVO and his wife Lady Angela and also Wing Commander Stuart Geary from RAF Marham.
Mess Dress, or equivalent evening wear, was the order of the day as all sat down to an excellent four course dinner. Chairman of the Mess was Cadet Sergeant Jack White. Mr Vice was Cadet A. Anthony Vivaraja who excelled in his tasks that included calling for the Loyal Toast and, following the meal, entertaining the diners after the ‘top table’ had retired.
Following the Toasts, Wing Commander Geary gave an inspiring speech, directed towards the cadets, the theme of which was seizing the opportunities that present themselves whenever and wherever they arise. He said that as members of the ATC many worthwhile opportunities were already available to them that would stand them in good stead for their future careers whether that be in the RAF, other Services, or in civilian life.
He was then pleased to present Extended Certificate for BTEC (Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community) Awards to five cadets. This certificate marks the successful completion of the first stage of the BTEC Diploma course. The recipients were Cadet Flight Sergeant Saffron Kirkpatrick, Cadet Sergeant Darcey Hillard, Cadet Corporals Harry Pink and Edward Spencer and Cadet Dylan Cooper.
Before leaving, Lady Angela said that “It had been a wonderful evening” and that she and Sir Michael were “privileged to be associated with the Squadron and its young people”