Team proves to be driv­ing force

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

SOME peo­ple might be grate­ful for an ex­cuse to avoid a two­day, 50-mile trek through the wilds of Shrop­shire, but not Ash­ford air and sea cadets. Last month, we re­ported how 22 cadets from Ash­ford were des­per­ate for help get­ting to the Royal Air Force’s an­nual Cos­ford march, af­ter the coach they were due to catch was un­able to col­lect them. It looked as though months of train­ing would go to waste, but in the end the squadron showed a re­source­ful­ness that should stand them in good stead in their fu­ture mil­i­tary ca­reers. Flt Lt Nicky Moon, from the 305 Ash­ford Squadron Train­ing Corps, said: “We just sorted it out our­selves. Ba­si­cally we went up in two minibuses and drove our­selves up. It was all solved, but it was a bit of a squeeze.” As for the march it­self, the train­ing paid off, as the whole squadron com­pleted it suc­cess­fully, spend­ing the night on the floor of the RAF Cos­ford gym. The young­sters, all aged be­tween 12 and 16, should have fewer prob­lems get­ting to their next march, which leaves Folkestone on May 27.

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