Cadets are on song as they land two silver awards

YOUNG air cadets were pipped at the post by one point for the second year running at a band competition.

Youngsters from 2344 (Longbenton) Air Cadets left the competition at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire with a silver medal after representing the Durham/Northumberland wing against other north east cadet units.

The percussion display performed a repertoire entitled Entertainers as they played traditional pieces heard on the terraces of St James’ Park to finish in second place with 156 points.

The cadets played their 2011 ensemble repertoire, including a melody of Don’t Stop Me Now, Smooth Criminal and In the Mood – receiving 138 points, giving them second.

Cadet Kieran Wilson, 16, of Benton, said: “I’m happy we performed well and finished second.

“We would of liked to have won but at least we have something to aim for next year.”

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said “They performed exceptionally well and displayed a great positive attitude that represented the squadron well.”

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