Air Cadets at 1027 (Jarrow) Squadron ATC are on cloud nine after being named the most improved Squadron in the UK this year.
1027 Squadron have battled back following an arson attack several years ago that destroyed the unit headquarters and all of the equipment used to train the cadets.
The Marshall Trophy is awarded each year to the Air Cadet Squadron that has made the most significant improvements in its training and administration in a single year. Jarrow Squadron was nominated by Wing Commander Dave Harris, Officer Commanding Durham/Northumberland Wing, following his annual inspection of the unit earlier this year.
Flight Lieutenant Gary Butler, Squadron Commander, said, “I am proud of all of the cadets and volunteers who have worked hard over the last 4 years to bring Jarrow squadron back from the ashes.”
In the last year alone, the Cadets have taken part in a wide range of activities. From learning to fly, representing the UK shooting in Canada, taking part in the Njmegan Marches, jumping out of aeroplanes and achieving Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Wing Commander Dave Harris, added, “Winning the Marshall Trophy is an outstanding achievement for a Squadron, and is testament to the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers who run the unit. I am absolutely delighted that the progress that has been made at Jarrow has been recognised in this way.”
The Trophy was presented to the Squadron by Mr Robert Marshall in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Sue Winfield, and the Mayor & Mayoress along with other dignatories and parents of the proud cadets.