Young air cadets are flying high after winning ‘the treble’ for the second year running.
The 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron are celebrating the historic achievement after being crowned as the Top Performing Air Cadet Squadron in the north east, just a year after being named best squadron in Durham and Northumberland, as well as the UK.
Now, the young people are celebrating their achievement in retaining the Durham Trophy and the Pusey Trophy for the best training provision and administration respectively.
Overall, the squadron retained the Lindisfarne Trophy to remain as the best Air Cadet Squadron in the region.
Cadet Nathan Horner, 15, of Longbenton said; “We have so much fun and do loads of different activities like flying and gliding to assault courses and engineering.
“The activities are really hard sometimes, but it’s worth it when you learn loads and earn qualifications by enjoying yourself and meeting new people.”
Durham Northumberland Wing Commanding Officer, Dave Harris, said; “Longbenton Squadron is a top squadron and it has proven this nationally.
“It’s a testament to the adult volunteers and leadership that it remains on top with its young people engaged in and making the most of the varied opportunities offered. I wish them continued fortune for the future.”
Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “We are thrilled to have won the treble again and it’s a great achievement, one that has not been done before. It’s a dream to command a squadron where young people desire and want to learn and try new opportunities that you don’t find every day. The work of our team always embraces our young people but those youngsters always work to earn their achievements. We work together to succeed so that our young people can use their skills and qualifications in whichever direction they travel.”
For more on the squadron visit www.2344.org.uk