RAF Benson 75th Anniversary Celebrations

On 4 May 2014 cadets from the squadron assisted at the RAF Benson 75th Anniversary celebrations which were held in Benson village.

DSC_0010xEarly in the morning 16 cadets assembled to carry out their first assigned task which was to deploy as crowd control as first a Merlin and then a Puma Mk2 helicopter landed on the village playing field.

Following this the cadets commenced their primary task of the day which was the erection of 12 tents supplied by the RAF which were later to be used by various exhibiters and charity organisations. One of these tents the cadets used themselves to demonstrate typical leadership exercises.

Throughout the day a number of activities had been organised by RAF Benson, these included equipment demonstrations and a football match  between the station and the village, but the highlight was a fly past of a photo reconnaissance Spitfire which was originally based at RAF Benson during WWII.

DSC_0176xIn addition, there was a surprise announcement that the Prime Minister had arrived to say a few words.  This turned out to be a very good Winston Churchill impersonator who gave a patriotic rendering of one of his more famous speeches. He was accompanied by ‘Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’ another very good impersonator. The event closed at 2pm with the cadets dismantling the tents and providing crowd control for the departure of the helicopters.

As a bonus the weather exceeded all expectations to the extent a number of cadets had to apply sun cream – probably the first time this year!   

The cadets were warmly thanked by the event organiser, Sqn Ldr Mike Green, who expressed his appreciation on behalf of RAF Benson for the sterling work performed by 966 cadets.

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