Cadets lift trophy for fourth year in a row

Longbenton Squadron wins the Durham Trophy for the fourth year.
Longbenton Squadron wins the Durham Trophy for the fourth year.

Air cadets are flying high after winning an award for the fourth consecutive year.

Members of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron lifted the Durham Trophy again, being recognised as the Top Training and Development Air Cadet Squadron in Durham and Northumberland Wing.

The Station Commander of RAF Boulmer, Group Captain Mark Coleman, flew in to congratulate the young people and to present the trophy.

He said: “There is such a positive atmosphere around the squadron and everyone should be very proud of their achievements, both individually and collectively.

“I wish Longbenton Squadron continued success.”

Cadet Emilia Ross, 15, of Killingworth, said: “The Squadron is a friendly, fun and exciting place to be as we all help each other to achieve.

“We all enjoy the activities we do like flying, expeditions, engineering, electronics, sports, leadership and fieldcraft and we’re extremely happy to have won the trophy again.”

Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “It’s very special to win again; it’s coming up to my eighth year here at Longbenton Squadron and it has been great fun.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to command a great group of young people and a great staff team, with a tremendous amount of support from the community we serve.”

“It’s a very special place which is why our youngsters enjoy progressing and achieving whilst having fun.”

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