AIR cadets at Hooton celebrated their annual awards and a year of many achievements.
The Hooton Park Squadron held its annual awards evening at the Village Hotel, Bromborough, to mark a year of adventure and excellence.
The cadets have been involved in various community service events, including tending war graves, bag-packing to raise money for charity, raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, land clearance and maintenance at Eastham Train Station as well as assisting at a local dog agility show, all of which gained the squadron the Merseyside Wing Memorial Sword for community service.
Cadets have experienced a high-ropes course in Snowdonia, as well as clay-pigeon shooting at Sealand. Several cadets have passed weapons handling tests on the No8 and L98 rifles, with some cadets gaining marksman awards.
Cadets have flown and glided at Woodvale or Ternhill.
Cadets have represented the squadron in athletics, rugby, five-a-side football, swimming, cross-country, hockey and netball.
Three cadets earned Wing Blues for representing Merseyside Wing and one cadet represented the Wales and West Region and captained the regional rugby team, earning a Regional Blue in the process.
Cadets have also worked hard in the classroom and sat exams earning the classification of first class, leading, senior or staff cadet status.
Several cadets have earned BTEC in Aviation studies for completing the ATC training syllabus as well as earning a BTEC in public services to recognise the service they have put in throughout their ATC careers.