Last night, the 25th September was a night to remember for 858 cadets. We had a visit from the Mayor of Rushden, Councillor Tracey Smith. After a presentation to the squadron from the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA, we had an early final parade with lots of event of note.

This was the first night for this years new intake of 20 cadets, and with the influx of the new “T” Flight we were at capacity in the Squadron Headquarters. “T” flight must have wondered what was happening on their first proper night of training, but they joined the rest of the Squadron in celebrating several notable events and achievements from the established 858 cadet cadre.

First of, they witnessed Cadet James Lawless make his cadet promise in front of the the assembled Squadron and his proud Dad.

Flt Lt Harmer moved on to make a few presentations to several cadets before inviting Cllr Smith to join him at the front of the Squadron, where she made 12 promotions though the ranks on behalf of the Officer Commanding. Congratulations go to our new Corporals, Cpl Olivia Muir-Howie, Cpl Gracie Liverton, Cpl Holly Kelly, Cpl Kieran Mantle, Cpl Connie Speers, Cpl James King, Cpl Agatha Przybysz, and Cpl Kurtis Steele. (Shown above)

Once the euphoria had died down, Cllr Smith then made 4 promotions from Corporal to Sergeant. Congratulations go to Sgt Lauren Speers, Sgt Ted Yates, Sgt Thomas Kurn and Sgt Lucas Bratt.

858’s new SNCO’s Sgts Kurn,Bratt, Yates and Speers

The Lord Mayors Cadet for 2023, Cpl Muir Howie with Cllr Tracey Smith

Just when we thought we couldnt raise the bar any higher. Cllr Smith made one last very special presentation to Cpl Olivia Muir-Howie and made her the Lord Mayors Cadet for Rushden for 2023. Olivia will now attend civic functions and events where required alongside Cllr Smith. Congratulations Cpl Muir-Howie.

All the photographs from last nights presentations can be found in the Squadron Photo Gallery on this link