Local MP Robin Walker attended a presentation ceremony last Saturday (2nd December) for 187 (City of Worcester) Air Cadets, who emerged as winners of this year’s Lees Trophy.
The Lees Trophy is a national honour awarded to the squadron judged to be the best in overall achievement and efficiency, and is the most distinguished award available to the Air Cadets. Worcester’s cadets came top out of 970 squadrons across the UK after a series of three competitions over the past year, with challenges consisting of drill routines, uniform inspections and presentations on the Squadron’s history.
The trophy is named after Air Marshal Sir Alan Lees, a senior Royal Air Force officer in World War Two, who awarded the first trophy for the top cadet squadron in 1949. It is the third time that 187 (City of Worcester) Squadron has won the award, with the last win coming in 1972.
The award was presented by Commandant Air Cadets Dawn McCafferty CBE. Alongside winning the trophy the Squadron also received a cash prize which will go towards providing the youngsters with excellent opportunities. In the last 18 months the Squadron has seen a huge turnaround, going from three members of staff to 11 and around 16 cadets to more than 35.
Officer Commanding 187 Squadron, Karl Nicholson, said of the win:
“Winning the Sir Alan Lees Trophy represents the culmination of hours and hours of hard work, dedication, and determination; not only from the cadets themselves, but the squadron staff, civilian committee and parents.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won, and think it is fantastic that the Squadron has been recognised for its family ethos, always striving to go the extra mile and do the best we possibly can.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Robin said:
“I was very glad to be able to attend 187 (City of Worcester) Squadron’s award ceremony, and it really was a privilege to see these young people recognised for their dedication and hard work.”
“To have come top out of 970 groups across the UK is a fantastic achievement, for which I congratulate the cadets and, in particular, their committed Cadet Officer Karl Nicholson, who has done tremendous work in expanding both staff and cadet numbers in recent years.”
“I extend my thanks to 187 (City of Worcester) Squadron for doing the RAF and their city proud in winning this prestigious trophy, and have no doubt that they will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Notes to editors
For more information on 187 (City of Worcester) Air Cadets, see https://www.187worcesteraircadets.org/