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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Fun at Ilkley Carnival for 1224

by FS Sam White

On Monday 2nd May, the Squadron turned out for the annual Ilkley Carnival.

It was an early start for those who volunteered to help set up the Squadrons stall (which as it turned out was quite a large number of cadets!) at East Holmes Playing fields in Ilkley. The cadets, through good teamwork and communication (eventually) managed to get the Squadrons tents built and set up the stall.

The tombola which has always proved to be successful was again a hit with the crowds, thanks to Mrs St John and Mrs Moore who ran it throughout the day raising £253.80!

Last year Cadet Lisa Whitaker and her mother tried something different at the carnival - face painting - which proved to be very successful with the younger crowd members and this year they tried something different again - a cake stall which managed to raise another £245.25!

Amongst other things at the stall were an infra-red target range which was provided by Sgt (ATC) Andy Porter and a number of display boards prepared by Cdt FS Sam White and Cdt Kjersti Moore.

That wasn't the end of 1224's involvement in the day though, the band of 1224 took part in the parade down from the Grove to the carnival field playing famous marches such as The Great Escape, Aces High and Mechanised Infantry. The band were joined by a number of musical guests including Sgt (ATC) David Pagdin on Tuba and Cdt Sgt Chris Pagdin on Trumpet from 23 (South Elmsall) Sqn along with Mr Ken Pickles from The Wharfedale Pipers who played bagpipes with the band on Highland Cathedral and a few other Scottish tunes. The parade was the first for Cdt Callum Carslaw on the bagpipes who joined the Squadron only a few months ago yet has gone straight into performing at events such as the carnival!

Along the route a number of cadets with WO (ATC) David Wood handed out stickers to the younger (and in some cases older) members of the crowd!

All in all everybody from the Squadron seemed to have a great time, the weather was excellent (if a little too windy) and the Squadrons stall proved to be very popular, especially when the last few tombola prizes included a bottle of Bells Whisky!