Carol Vorderman, Honorary Group Captain of the Air Cadets praised proud youngsters from across the country at RAF Halton. Competing bands were thrilled to accept accolades from her at the annual Air Cadet National Band Championships held on Sunday, 30 November.
As new Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets, the TV presenter said, “I could not have been prouder to have had the chance to meet the winners. The music today was of an incredibly high standard.”
Cadets from the Devon and Somerset Wing Band looked every inch the professional unit and resisted stiff competition from other regions throughout the UK, winning top prizes as Best Band and Best Ensemble.
Drum Major, Flight Sergeant Tim Salvidge,17, of 1955 (City of Wells) Squadron who led the winning band only had time to say, “It was wonderful to win,” before being asked to lead the band to perform their winning routine again in front of proud parents and visiting VIPs.
Across the UK, Air Cadets parade regularly, often supporting events within their local communities. Cadets are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and are outstanding ambassadors for the Royal Air Force. The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty said, “It’s very much about developing teamwork”. Describing the wide range of activities open to cadets, such as gliding, shooting and adventure training, she added, “The world’s their oyster, whatever their interest, they can find it in the Air Cadet organisation.”