Air Cadets mix with Royalty and the stars at the Pride of Britain Awards

07 Nov 2017

Nearly 60 Royal Air Force Air Cadet (RAFAC) cadets from London & South East Region shared the red carpet of the Pride of Britain Awards in Central London with dozens of celebrities. 

Stars from show business and sport, senior politicians including Prime Minister, Theresa May, Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn and the Liberal Democrats Leader, Sir Vince Cable all arrived at the Grosvenor House Hotel through a guard of honour from LaSER’s best squadrons.  

The cadets are now involved in this event due to an invitation issued by the RAFAC’s Honorary Group Captain, TV personality, Carol Vorderman.

Cadets cam from 282 (East Ham), 308 (Colchester), 1846 (Southall) and 2433 (Ramsgate and Manston) Squadrons which had been selected to represent the Region for the RAFAC Lees,  Marshall or Morris Trophies. 

Seventeen year old Cadet Mucheera Lakhanpal from 282 Sqn was photographed with TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba, he said: “ It was an excellent evening and inspiring to see all the celebrities”.    

Fourteen year old Daisy Supple from 2433 Sqn got to talk to “Made in Chelsea” actress Binky Felstead.  She said: “This evening has been an incredible opportunity for me to represent my squadron at such a high profile event and a unique opportunity to meet so many celebrities”. 

Fifteen cadets were invited to join Carol Vorderman on the stage of the show.  One of those was 17 year old Cadet Corporal Rebeca Zavoianu from 308 Sqn.  She said that: “going on stage was nerve wracking but amazing, being so close to Prince William, the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn.  Certainly not something  that you expect when you join the Air Cadets”. 

In charge of the cadets was Office Commanding of 308 (Colchester) Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Jean Robinson RAFVR(T).  She added that the cadets "had been absolutely brilliant and certainly seemed to enjoy themselves”.