Cadets flying high with Red Arrows

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A GROUP of youngsters from TS Invincible Naval Cadet Corps were flying high after they spent a day with the Red Arrows.

The group of around 20 cadets and officers spent the day with the RAF pilots and were shown exactly what they can aspire to when they grow up.

Commander Dave Moth, who was in charge of the group for the day, said: “The cadets all had a wonderful day. The Red Arrows team was so accommodating and they made us feel so welcome.”

The group took along their mascot Winnie the Pooh, who was also decked out in his cadet beret and the Red Arrows even took him to their hearts.

David added: “They ‘stole’ the mascot and took pictures of him up in one of their aircrafts and they really made our guys laugh. It was an amazing day and I’m glad our cadets got to experience it.”

The TS Invincible Naval Cadet Corps are based at Bletchley Park and they offer young cadets the chance to train in various different basic skills including cookery, engineering, electrical work, basic first aid, seamanship and communications enabling them to have fun completing various recreational activities along with training them with excellent life skills such as hygiene, discipline and motivation to succeed.

The cadets are a registered charity and receive no funding, so the running of the group comes from cadet subs or fundraising activities organised by the volunteers associated with the group such as staff and committee members.

They welcome children from aged eight to 18 and then many of them either join the services or become volunteers for the cadets.

They currently have around 75 youngsters on their books and they meet every Tuesday and Friday from 7pm to 9pm doing various activities including swimming, training weekends, trips to Portsmouth and an annual visit to the navy base in Belgium or Holland.