Mablethorpe cadets’ hard work is rewarded

The 1228 Mablethorpe Air Cadets, pictured with their awards.
The 1228 Mablethorpe Air Cadets, pictured with their awards.

The hard work and dedication shown throughout the year by the Mablethorpe 1228 Air Cadets was recognised recently at their annual presentation evening.

Cadets were joined by their parents, family members, the Royal British Legion and RAF Association as they celebrated a number of individual achievements held at Woods Restaurant in Woodthorpe.

The cadets kicked off the evening with a sing song for their guests with ‘Nothing is Impossible’ - a phase which the squadron lives by and is their official motto.

They have shown many times that, even being one of the smallest squadrons in the country, that they can achieve anything.

The opening welcome speech was carried out by Sgt Donna Gardiner which followed a delicious two course meal for all to enjoy.

It was then time to get down to the fun part of the evening - the presentation of the awards.

The cadets received awards for their academic achievements, first aid skills, sports and flying to name a few.

Commanding Officer WO Scott Gardiner said: “It is a great privilege to be a part of this wonderful group of people who show how great the next generation can be.

“It has been a great honour to share this experience with these cadets, thank you all for your hard work and commitment”.

The award recipients were as follows: Cadets’ Cadet; Cpl Niamh Lippolis, Best NCO; Cpl Ben Horner, Best Staff Member: Sgt Donna Gardiner, Best Attendance: Cpl Niamh Lippolis, Most Improved Cadet: Cdt Kathryn Beer, Initiative Trophy: Cdt Vincenzo Lippolis, Presentation and Bearing: Cpl Ben Horner, RBL Drill Award: Cpl Gioiachino Lippolis, Outdoor Pursuits: Cpl Niamh Lippolis, First Aid: Wing Field Day First Aid Team, Marksmanship Trophy: Cpl Gioiachino Lippolis, Mike Hill Award: Cpl Gioiachino Lippolis, Inter Flight: B Flight and Most Outstanding Cadet: Cpl Gioiachino Lippolis.

WO Gardiner added: “One of the pleasures of being involved in the air cadets is seeing the cadets grow and develop and we rounded the night off with a promotion to Niamh Lippolis to Corporal.

“A very much deserved promotion to a very hard working individual.

The squadron’s drummers then performed a great new routine to close what had been a spectacular evening.