Prize night for 1953 (Kna) Air Squadron


An evening celebrating the achievements of the 1953 (Knaresborough) Squadron of Air Cadets took place at King James’s School.

In front of an audience of family and friends, the squadron’s commanding officer Flight Lieutenant Ian Bottomley describe activities the cadets had undertaken over the past 12 months, describing them as loyal, committed and a pleasure to work with.

Cadets Jack Routledge, William Friday and Susie Firth then talked about activities they had taken part in including flying in a trainer, attending an adventure camp and flying a F16 flight simulator. Sgt James Fawthrop gave a lively account of how he gained his silver gliding scholarship wings flying a glider solo and Cadet Susie Firth and Cpl Steve Youngson gave a display of drill,

Alan Gilbert and Phil Oldfield representing Knaresborough Lions presented a cheque to help buy new uniforms and kit in recognition of the squadron’s services to the Knaresborough Bed Race.

While Paul Darley, Chairman of the Knaresborough branch of the Royal British Legion, thanked the cadets for all their help with the Poppy Appeal and presented various flying, sporting and shooting certificates to Cpl Tom Hay, Sgt James Fawthrop, and Cpl Steve Youngson.

There was a presentation of First Class Cadet Certificates by Squadron Leader Mennell to Cadets Zayne Bracken, Matthew Firth, Susie Firth, Lauren Graham-Naylor, Tom Howson, Jack Routledge and Bruno Wray. President of the Civilian Committee, Peter Finan also presented Young First Aider certificates to Cadet Tom Howson, Cpls Joe Hay and Tom Hay, and a Top Gun certificate to Cadet Susie Firth for achieving the top score on an F16 flight simulator.

Awards were presented by the Mayor of Knaresborough, Coun John Batt. The winners were: Best Newcomer was Cadet Lauren Graham-Naylor; Most Promising Cadet was Cadet Jack Routledge; Academic Achievement went to Cadet Tom Howson; Best Junior NCO was– Cpl Steve Youngson; Best Senior NCO was Flt Sgt Robert Hill; Best Attendance to Sgt James Fawthrop and Cadet Ed Walton; Best Male Cadet was William Friday; Best Female Cadet was Susie Firth; Sports Award went to Cpl Tom Hay and Cadet of the Year was Cadet Ed Walton.

Warrant Officer Tony Tune gave his award for Drill and Deportment to Flt Sgt Robert Hill. Sqd Leader Ayre and Wing Commander Wiggins enrolled new cadet Dario Hartley.

The 1953 (Knaresborough) Squadron of Air Cadets is based at Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough, meeting Tuesday and Fridays from 7pm to 9.30pm.

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