RAF Air Cadets Descend on London

Yes Priminister_________________________________________________________________________

It was cold, dark and wet but that didn’t dampen their spirits.  Cadets from Kenfig Hill and Porthcawl RAF Air Cadets were heading off for a four day stay at RAF Northolt.  The trip included visits to No.10 Downing Street, the WW2 Bomber Command Memorial, Battle of Britain Bunker at RAF Uxbridge and a selection of museum in London, all under the supervision of Sgt (ATC) Richard Peckham and Sgt (ATC) Kevin Gould.

On Friday they visited the World War 2 Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park and then made their way to Buckingham Palace, not to meet the Queen but just to have a look.  After lunch they were shown around the stables of the Household Cavalry Museum and were given the opportunity to try on some of the uniforms but the line was drawn at them trying out the horses.  Next stop was No.10; the weather by now had turned for the worse and was quite wet although once again that didn’t deter the group, after all they were standing outside somewhere they would only see on television.

Saturday saw a tour of some of the museums, namely the National Army Museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  They saw exhibits ranging from the Boar War to the present day.  A visit planned to the Imperial War Museum was altered as most of the exhibits had been moved due to a refit planned for early next year.  The next stop was the National Science Museum which gave the cadets a chance to have a look at some of the exhibits first hand, this was great fun as well as being educational, and that was for staff and cadets alike.

Last day and the cadets were shown around the Battle of Britain Bunkers at RAF Uxbridge, they were given a full explanation of how the bunker operated at the time of the Battle of Britain. After a full three days in London the cadets and staff made their way home.

Staff and cadets from Kenfig Hill and Porthcawl would like to thank the following people without whom this trip would not have been possible:  Pyle and Kenfig Hill British Legion, Bridgend British Legion, Porthcawl and Kenfig Hill RAFA Club, Pyle Community Council, Kenfig Hill ATC Civilian Committee, Wick Van Hire, Cowbridge ATC, Mrs Madeleine Moon MP and most of all, the people both in the service and civilians who work at RAF Northolt and took time to look after the party while they were in London.

Article kindly supplied by : Mrs Lindsay Thomas - 2117 Squadron Civilian Committee Member
Images kindly supplied by: Sergeant (ATC) Kevin Gould
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