TWO members of a popular and award-winning South Derbyshire air cadet squadron have been honoured for almost 50 years combined service.
Flight Lieutenant Rob Moore and counterpart Ruth Morgan were set to be presented special certificates by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Willie Tucker at a celebration last night for their dedication to the 1211 (Swadlincote) squadron.
The pair have been showered with praise by senior chiefs, with their input described as ‘vital’ to the success of the group.
Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson, the squadron commander, said: “Both of my senior staff,Rob and Ruth have helped us to achieve amazing things with 1211 squadron and have ensured that the young people of Swadlincote are offered opportunities which are not available to those youngsters who are not members of the squad.
“Rob and Ruth have nearly 50 years of service between them as members of the organisation and have been key members of a team which have developed the 1211 squadron into one of the foremost successful youth organisations in the Midlands.”
After an inspection of the 100 air cadets, who parade at Springfield School, the Lord Lieutenant was set to present certificates to Flight Lieutenant’s Moore, of Derby, and Morgan, of Newhall.
The South Derbyshire squadron were originally formed in Swadlincote’s Town Hall with the support of the local council and former members of the Royal Air Force, many of whom had flown in the First World War.
Now, the team go from strength to strength with 100 cadets on their books who go on to fly, glide, shoot and attend camps both in the UK and overseas.
Flight Lt Morgan said: “Our cadets get chances to take part in activities which are just not available to anyone else in the South Derbyshire area.
“Swadlincote cadets gain training which is incredibly useful.”
More information on the squadron is available online at www.1211sqn.org.uk