The band of 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron have played a starring role in a visit by The Princess Royal for the opening of a new £1.4m Community Centre on Shilton Park, Carterton.
The 9 Air Cadets, under the leadership of Cpl Katie Doakwere from RAF Brize Norton were delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to show-off their musical talents to a member of Royalty and also to the public on this special occasion.
During the opening Cadet Flight Sergeant Jenny Young had accompanied the Mayor, Councillor Maxine Crossland, during proceedings inside the Centre whilst the band entertained around 250 local residents. Town mayor, Maxine Crossland, said: “We were thrilled that the Princess Royal agreed to open the centre. The project has involved many people from the community, who have taken part in the planning and kitting out of the centre, which ensured we provided what was really needed. We are grateful to them all for their help.”
After the official opening, the Princess Royal met the waiting crowds in a royal walkabout.
Despite the cold weather the cadets gave an impressive performance and were all later congratulated by the Station Commander of nearby RAF Brize Norton, Group Captain J Ager.