Thame Squadron have won the prestigous Hope Trophy in the national Media and Communications Awards.
The Squadron were recognised for their role in the high-profile funeral of Bee Gee and music legend Robin Gibb, including the forming of a Guard of honour. As a result of the support that they provided in support of the late singer and his family, cadets were filmed on national television, where they were immaculately turned-out and showed a clear demonstration of Robin’s close link and support to his local unit.
Squadron boss, Flt Lt Michael Kidley was surprised and pleased at the award “we will regard this as a great honour as to the person who really did it for us. We will have something to remember him by”.
Robin Gibb was a Thame resident and a huge supporter of the Cadet Forces in the town as well as being a champion for the national campaign to see a Bomber Command Memorial.
Wing Spokesman, Sqn Ldr Mark Trevena, was pleased “At each of the Media Communications Awards we have been pleased to receive trophies for the Wing but this is a real first for us – a trophy won by one of our Squadrons”. He continued “Thame Squadron engaged with Robin whilst he was alive, were such a key part of his funeral and continue to work with Robin’s widow”.