Thurston air cadets who suffered an uncertain future and closed for a while last year has bounced back with its awards evening and winter ball.
Staged at Woolpit Village Hall, the best endeavours and efforts of the young people of 863 (Thurston) squadron Air Training Corps were recognised.
And there was a special award to staff and cadets who had worked so hard to regenerate the organisation after it closed suddenly following a dispute between the military and civilian leadership.
Acting Adjutant Major Richard Jacobs presented the Commanding Officers’ Trophy to all the staff and cadets for their efforts to support him and get the squadron up and running .
He said: “Staff have and continue to give their time and experience to ensure that all the cadets have as many opportunities as possible - without them there wouldn’t be an 863 squadron and thank you to all the cadets for their dedication and commitment to ensure that 863 squadron becoames a thriving and successful squadron.”
Among the guests at the black tie evening were squadron president Air Vice-Marshal the Hon David Paul Murray, Wing Commander David Miller and regional chairman Gp Cpt Graham Bowerman (Ret’d).
A meal was prepared by Sarah Martin with the help of a generous donation from the Fox and Hounds, Thurston.
Awards winners were: Cpl Will Lockyear who received the Dan Trophy, Cdt Ryan Tuthill won best sporting man, and Cpl Bryony Jackobs best sporting woman.
New recruit Cdt Louise Harcombe won the junior progress plate while the best attendance was won by Cpl Adam and Cdt Moraine Pepper who had both supported the squadron on parade nights and extra activities.
Best all round cadet went to Sgt Cam Brown and Cdt Sophie Hunt won a new cadet award voted for by fellow cadets for being the funniest, most ambitious cadet and ‘for just being who she is’.
The evening ended with music and dancing.