The Cheshire Army Cadet Force two week annual camp this year is took place at Deverell Barracks in Ripon. They took over 250 cadets and 70 adults. 2014 is an extra special year as it marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The new company structures as of January 2014 commemorate some of the battles fought having being renamed Somme, Normandy and Messines Companies. It is typically the highlight of the cadet calendar, and an opportunity for the cadets to meet and work with other cadets from across all three companies of the county. It was a real opportunity for the new companies to ‘gel’ with cadets and adults working together over an intense two week period.
This year was a little different as Merlin helicopter did a surprise landing on the drill square of Deverell Barracks. As well as providing a fab photo opportunity, the crew also did talks about the aircraft and every cadet had the opportunity to go inside. After the hour long visit the Merlin crew set back off on their flight plan, but not before doing a last fly over.