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Culford's Combined Cadet Force Inspection Day

Published Tuesday 24th of March 2015 10:58:47 AM

Culford School's Combined Cadet Force held their annual Inspection Day on Friday 20 March. The day began with a parade and inspection on the North Front, followed by a variety of activities which gave the cadets an opportunity to show the assembled dignitaries, parents and visitors all that they have achieved during their training.

The visiting Inspecting Officer, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, who is Commandant of the Air Cadets, complimented the cadets on their excellent drill and turn out before the drill competition ensued. The morning's parade concluded with an aerial salute at 11.55am when a Tornado from RAF Marham performed a low level flypast, much to the cadets' and visitors' appreciation. The Inspection Day's activities included a flight simulator run by the RAF section, a close quarter battle exercise, a first aid stand and a tug-of-war. A number of the events were staged on a competitive footing and were hard-fought, reflecting the pride that exists within Culford's CCF.

The afternoon ended with the awarding of prizes by Air Commodore McCafferty and in the evening a formal dinner was held in the superb setting of Old Hall for the senior non-commissioned officers, parents and guests. The guest of honour was Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. David Murray CVO OBE whose after dinner address spoke of service's benefits to society and to the individual.

This was another highly successful annual inspection for Culford School's CCF which was very much enjoyed by all who attended. Culford's CCF has over 60 children participating every week on an afternoon which is dedicated to service; in addition to the CCF, as part of the Pathfinders activity, pupils are involved in First Aid, Fair Trade, Navigation and improvised shelter building as well as charitable activities including visiting residential homes for the elderly.
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