Life on the Holme Front.

Late nights, early mornings, parades, inspections by Winston Churchill, ladies and gentleman in their period clothing and uniforms was all in a normal day for 51 (Orton) Squadron Air Cadets this weekend.

For the second year running, we were privileged to be invited to be part of the 1940’s weekend at Holme, and what a success it was. With the continued growth of the Squadron Mobile Catering Unit and two cadets now being part of the catering team, we certainly upped our game. Which this year saw us providing not just the usual homemade rolls and cakes, but also cooking up traditional fare to order like Spam Fritters and Mushy peas, toast and dripping and with queues outside the three tent catering suite the cooks did the squadron proud and the fantastic reviews we received is certainly a credit to Corporal Conor Wells and Cadet Kieran Robinett not to mention their mentor Flight Sergeant Darren Smith.

Members of the 51 (Orton) Squadron Drum Band kept the visitors entertained with performances at intervals throughout both days. Whilst all of the cadets put on demonstration of Drill, which is a regular activity for Air Cadets, and the surprise inspection from Winston Churchill himself, who is a regular visitor to the Holme 1940’s weekend, was such an honour. Winston Churchill took the time to speak with each cadet in turn, whilst also giving them an overall praise. As you would expect this certainly made the visitors stop and take in the air of importance this gentleman has always brought.


Cadet Russell and Cadet Reed, kept the young visitors busy, offering face painting, whilst once again other cadets having developed it even further put on the excellent Human Fruit Machine.

No such weekend would be complete without a Service of Remembrance and 51 (Orton) Squadron’s band was the escort. The outdoor service offered prayers for the armed forces both past and present, and a minutes silence was offered in remembrance of the fallen.

Holme Front

During the course of the weekend, Flt Lt Andy Mason was approached on a number of occasions from the general public praising the cadets and he commented “It is always nice to be out in the community but it does make you feel so proud of the cadets when the praise is so forth coming and freely given. As usual I am proud of each and every one of them.”

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