Wideopen cadets march to victory

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A group of North Tyneside cadets have marched to victory in the Durham/Northumberland Wing annual drill competition.

Cadets from the 861 (Wideopen) Squadron were declared the overall winners after beating 34 other squadrons from across the region.

It is the first time the Wideopen squadron have won the competition since it formed in 1977, which makes this victory extra special for the cadets and the supporting adult staff.

Before the competition, the cadets spent time practicing their drill routine so it could reach the competition standard.

They then have to pull together and work as a team to get the movements right.

Cadets also have to go the extra mile to look the part, this means polished shoes, pressed trousers, skirts and shirts.

The team of 12 cadets were lead by 19-year-old Cadet Flight Sergeant Cameron Nicholson.

He said: “It has been great fun working with the drill team to get them ready for the competition.

“They did fantastically well and I am very proud of them and wining the competition for the first time is amazing.”

The cadets will be entering the North Region competition in June and will be up against other squadrons from across the north of England.

Squadron Boss Flight Lieutenant James Elliot said: “The cadets have done themselves and their unit proud and I can’t wait to see how the do at the Regional competition in a few weeks time.”