Banchory Cadets flying high for national trophy

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Banchory’s Air Cadets have been selected as one of the best in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

At the end of last month the 2367 Banchory Squadron welcomed a prestigious guest - Group Captain Jim Leggat, regional commandant for the Scotland and Northern Ireland Region.

The visit allowed the Regional Commandant to formally inspect the Squadron to determine its suitability to represent the region in a national competition to win the Lees Trophy - awarded to the best squadron in the organisation.

Established in 1949 by Air Marshall Sir Alan Lees, for whom the trophy is named, it is awarded annually to the squadron which is judged to be the best in terms of overall achievement and efficiency during the year of the assessment.

Gp Cpt Leggat was presented with a formal parade by the squadron which was followed by a chance to view a selection of standard activities and talk to cadets and staff.


He then had the chance to see some of the squadron’s prizewinning first aiders at work in a training scenario as well as some members of the regional champion drill team in action, leadership tasks and Duke of Edinburgh presentations.

Their hard work paid off and, not 24 hours after the inspection, senior members of staff were thrilled to receive news that 2367 Squadron had been selected as the representative for the Region.