HAILSHAM: Cadets collect awards at presentation evening

Cadet Callum Bean with the Shooting Trophy
Cadet Callum Bean with the Shooting Trophy

THE EFFORTS of the cadets of 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron were recognised at an awards ceremony on Thursday (July 7)

Councillor Richard Grocock, the deputy mayor of Hailsham, handed out three of the many accolades to cadets who have worked hard to achieve goals throughout the past year.

Other guests of honour included Hailsham the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field and former commanding officers of the 249 Squadron, and Squadron Commanding Officer Flight Officer Craig Thomson hosted the presentation.

Cadets were presented with a wide range of certificates, including those for Best Cadet, Best Sports Cadet, Best New Cadet, and trophy awards for community service and fundraising activities.

The deputy town mayor presented the trophy for Best Sports Flight to Corporal James Pelling on behalf of Vampire Flight for his participation in sports at Sussex Wing, regional and national levels, and the Shooting Trophy to Cadet Callum Bean. Following the event, Cllr Grocock commended award winners and everyone involved in the unit.

He said, “It has been a great honour to come along and present some of the awards to the very deserving cadets this evening.

“Every member of the squadron should be justly proud of their own efforts, which set an excellent example for other cadets to follow.

“It has been difficult for squadron staff to select the winners of the awards that were given out this year – the unit has so many good cadets who are eligible and worthy of an award, but only one winner could be chosen in each category.

“I look forward to the continued development of the 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron in years to come.”

The 249 Millennium Squadron was formed in January 2000 and meets twice weekly at Victoria Hall, Victoria Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 7pm and 9.30pm.