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CCF inspection

A successful Annual General Inspection for Whitgift’s Combined Cadet Force.

Whitgift welcomed Colonel Peter Eadie, the commandant of the Army Aviation Centre, to inspect the CCF on Friday 1 May. He was joined by Old Whitgiftians Colonel Jon Swift OBE; brothers Nick and Alex el-Batel, both officers in the RAF; Charlie Tweed, Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Navy; Lieutenant Andrew Dickinson of the Coldsteam Guards; Officer Cadet Tom Morgan, who is completing his senior term at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and will be commissioning into the Army Air Corps; and Thomas Telford, who won the King's Badge for being the top cadet in his Royal Marine Commando training class. Colonel Eadie inspected a Guard of Honour and the Corps of Drums, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year.

He then visited the cadets training, which included kayaking, climbing, shooting on the School's indoor range, command tasks, laser gun shooting competition, and a spirited obstacle course competition. The RAF section demonstrated their flight simulator, on which cadets can learn to fly. The Whitgift CCF has partnerships with Thomas More Catholic School and St. Andrew's CE High School, and is 400 cadets strong.

The day was rounded off by an energetic Platoon Attack display and the Beating Retreat by the Corps of Drums.  Colonel Eadie told the cadets they should be immensely proud of themselves for their excellent team spirit and their enthusiasm, expertise and infectious sense of fun and self-discipline. He added that the skills they were learning would serve them very well in later life.

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