POUNDING boots on the wooden floor filled Sneaton Castle with noise on a Friday night as young Whitby Air Cadets took part in a formal dinner and awards ceremony.
Invited dignitaries included the Officer Commanding Operations RAF Fylingdales, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Whitby, and the head of Caedmon School.
Members of 740 (Whitby) Squadron, under the leadership of Flight Sergeant Martyn Marsh, were presented with various awards by the invited guests.
The awards ranged from attendance certificates to sports, shooting, smartest cadet and most improved cadet accolades.
More than 35 youngsters aged 13 to 20 form the squadron which meets twice weekly at its Caedmon School base.
Squadron Civilian Committee chairman Kevin Hann told the gathering, which included parents, Caedmon headteacher Tony Hewitt and Squadron Padre Deacon Helen Webster, it was “a privilege to host the awards”.
He added: “The training, discipline and activities provided by the ATC will stand cadets in good stead in the future.
“By being a member of the Air Cadet Organisation, they are improving their employment prospects while enjoying the activities.
“We are constantly bombarded in the media with the bad behaviour of today’s youth. This evening we have seen the real youth, one we and Whitby can be proud of.”
Flight Sergeant Marsh added: “The awards evening went extremely well, I thought it was a great success.
“I imagine it opened the eyes of a lot of parents as to what their children are doing as cadets.
“Hopefully it will also have shown some of our younger members what the older cadets are doing and will inspire them to want to follow their achievements.
“The staff, Civilian Committee and cadets and I would like to thank Whitby Town Council, The Whitby Gazette, Esk Valley Coaches, The Black Bull at Ugthorpe, RAF Fylingdales and all the individuals who have supported us by providing awards.
“I cannot stress enough how much we value the support of all of the aforementioned sponsors.
“Their support is invaluable and demonstrates our significant ties with the local community.”
The 740 (Whitby) Air Training Corp meets at its headquarters at the rear of Caedmon School on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9pm. The squadron is also forming a band.
Cadets enjoy flying, gliding, navigation, shooting, adventure training and sports.
They also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards scheme and qualify for BTEC diplomas.
Further information on the Squadron is available on its website at: www.whitbyair cadets.co.uk
Award winners: Academic Achievement – Sergeant Amy Middleton; Achievement – Corporal Madeleine Hann; Attendance – Sergeant Jordan Galey; Best All Round Cadet – Cadet Niall Fagan; Best Junior Cadet – Cadet Luke Dickinson; Best NCO – Sergeant Aimee-Leigh Marsh; Best Turnout on Parade – Corporal Luke McCarthy; Community Commitment – Cadet Michael O’Sullivan; Most Improved Cadet – Cadet Sheona Swales; Radio Operator of the Year – Sergeant Aimee-Leigh Marsh; Shooting – Cadet Tom O’Connell; Sport – Cadet Louisa Allen.