84 Sqn ATC Crest

Sunday, 5 June 2016

84 get Adopted!

On Wednesday 1st June, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron, Air Cadets were officially adopted by the local Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) branch in a ceremony held at the Royal Naval Association Club in Leamington Spa. The event was attended by both current cadets from the squadron alongside RAFA branch members who meet once a month and had invited the cadets to join the extra special June meeting.

The Leamington Spa branch of RAFA have been in contact with 84 Squadron for some time: partnering to provide a fantastic display of cadets and service personnel for the Battle of Britain and Remembrance parades which take place annually in Leamington Spa town centre. They also have worked together raising money and selling poppies during the Poppy Appeal weeks in October and November and some of the members have visited the Squadron to give talks about their involvement with the Royal Air Force and aviation over their wide and varied careers. When approached by Branch President Group Captain Raymond MacDonald MBE (RAF Retired) regarding an official adoption, Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Robinson was quick to accept the wonderful offer and so the process was started.

Unfortunately Raymond MacDonald was unable to attend the ceremony due to ill health but the Branch Chairman, Stuart Powney made the official presentation of the adoption certificate. The cadets were given a short introduction to the RAFA and their role alongside the regular service and then the buffet was declared open. The members and cadets were encouraged to mingle and share stories.

Flying Officer Rosie Robinson made a short acceptance speech thanking the branch for their warm hospitality and the fantastic refreshments provided adding: “this is not just something to hang on our wall, this is the start of a strong relationship between our two organisations. I've been approached by so many members who would like to come and share their stories with the cadets and we really look forward to taking up these offers as part of our training programme in the next few months”.