84 Sqn ATC Crest

Saturday, 20 August 2016

84 Squadron in the Spectator Seats

On Saturday 13 August a contingent from 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron travelled to Royal Air Force College Cranwell for the 75th Anniversary Flagship Celebration organised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps. They were treated to an afternoon of aerial displays and picnics before an evening concert of drill displays, musical performances and fantastic fireworks.

Cadet Sergeants Lauren Coker and Phoebe Jenner, Cadet Hiran Patel and Mrs Jenner, parent and Civilian Committee member were lucky enough to get prestigious tickets and set off to represent 84 Squadron on the Warwickshire and Birmingham Coach. During the afternoon there were many photo opportunities with a range of VIPs and display teams including Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty and Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, both of whom mingled with visitors and happily posed for selfies with cadets!

During the formal parade, an impressive continuity drill sequence was performed by cadets who had attended a week long ceremonial drill camp. Afterwards, a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – both of which are as old as the Air Training Corps! – flew over the college, interrupting the address by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, with the roar of their engines.

Later on in the programme, the RAF Falcons dropped in with a fantastic parachute display, bringing the ATC torch with them. They stayed around for some time after they landed, and the cadets managed to take selfies with most of the Falcons, as well as a group photo with the full Falcon team. The final aerial display was by The Red Arrows who flew back and forth for several minutes demonstrating their different manoeuvres with great skill.

Throughout the afternoon and evening live music was provided by the National Marching Band, the National Corps of Pipes and Drums, the National Fanfare Team, various Cadet Ensembles, the National Concert Band and the National Choir. The standard of their playing and singing was amazing – who knew that there was so much musical talent in the ATC! One of the most memorable performances was Squadron Leader Nick Sermon belting out Robbie Williams’ ‘Let Me Entertain You’ backed by the National Choir – once seen, never forgotten!

The evening was rounded off by a fabulous fireworks finale with RAF College Cranwell as the perfect backdrop for the event. Another long and tiring adventure for 84 Squadron but many memories and a huge sense of pride to be part of the extra special celebrations.

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Written by Mrs Jessica Jenner, Civilian Committee Member.