King’s Lynn cadets win back trophy after 73 years

Group Captain Smyth
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It was an award last presented during the Second World War – but now a trophy lost since 1941 has been bestowed once again.

The award was the finale of the annual presentation of the awards and dinner of the 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps.

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The gathering of 112 people at the Town Hall in Lynn on Monday of last week, comprised of cadets, staff, civilian committee, parents, past members and other guests, initially mingled with complimentary drinks in the buildings historic Stone Hall.

The not so new award was a silver cup given to the Squadron by OR Jermyn, to be presented to the winners of the Inter Flight Competition.

It was won that year by B Flight and having been presented, never seen again.

The cup was anonymously returned to the squadron some months ago and has now been presented again after 73 years.

Fittingly it was the 2014 B Flight that won it yet again and it was presented to Cdt Sgt Bentley by the Squadrons civilian instructor Jenny Metcalfe.

Earlier there had been an excellent dinner, supplied by the aptly named West Norfolk Flying Chef.

The squadron’s “Boss”, Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch, gave an address covering the numerous activities that the cadets had participated in over the preceding year.

This was followed by an after dinner speech by Group Captain Harvey Smyth the Officer Commanding RAF Marham.

The presentation of the 2014 awards then followed,

Best Cadet, Cdt G. Kieselius. Presented by Mr. Michael Forster. (RAFA).

Best NCO, Cpl T. Richardson. Presented by Cllr Mr. Barry Ayres. (Mayor).

Best New Recruit, Cdt E. Simpson. Presented by Flt Lt Pauline Petch. (Comm Officer 42F).

George Cole Community Award. Joint winners, Cpl C. Whisker & Cdt D. Whisker. Presented by Mike Lister (Chairman 42F Civilian Committee).

Harry King Trophy for Flying, Joint Winners, Cpl T. Brown & Cpl T. Richardson. Presented by Group Captain Harvey Smyth. (OC RAF Marham).

Sports Award, Joint winners, Cdt C. Sinclair & Cdt B. Hardy. Presented by Flying Officer Chris Barrett. (42F Sqn).

Sgt Hagon Award (for Endeavour), Cdt H. Williamson. Presented by Sir Michael Oswald

(Hon President of 42F).

Most Improved Cadet, Cdt B. Bunkle. Presented by Flt Lt Gary Walker. (RAF Marham).

The awards ceremony over, everybody returned to the Stone Hall for coffee and (at any occasion such as this) the drawing of the fundraising raffle which raised £330 for squadron funds.