Coningsby Cadets enjoy their first taste of fine dining

Staff and cadets from Coningsby Air Training Corps enjoy their first dining in night. EMN-150406-120950001
Staff and cadets from Coningsby Air Training Corps enjoy their first dining in night. EMN-150406-120950001

Coningsby Air Training Corps experienced the delights of fine dining recently by holding their first dining in night to welcome their newest group of cadets that have joined.

The evening was held in the Junior Ranks Mess at RAF Coningsby.

As well as a time to celebrate the new cadets that have joined the organisation, it was also an opportunity to say goodbye and celebrate the work of those that have recently left.

This included Padre Mike Hall who was their guest of honour on the night.

The top table had the OC Flt Lt Robert Eyre as the chairman of ceremonies, with FS Paul Fido as second in command.

The post of ‘Mr Vice’ was given to Cadet Warrant Officer Alex Fido.

The staff and cadets sat down to enjoy their meal, which was served to them by the service stewards that had been hired for the night from the Junior Ranks’ Mess.

Following the meal the traditional toast to the Queen was given by Mr Vice.

A gift was then presented to Mike Hall by the squadron to thank him for all his help and support over the last 12 months.

FS Paul Fido commented: “A fantastic time was had by all .

“The cadets ‘Dining-In’ experience was well received by them all and they have asked if it can now be made into an annual event.”

No 17 Coningsby ATC is open to all young people aged between 12 and 17.

The organisation provides a wide range of activities, which include camping all over the country and even trips abroad, and meeting new people from all across the UK, where you can end up making friends for life.

You can also enjoy a variety of different sports, shooting, and flying and gliding experiences.

Plus you can even work towards some vital qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

The squadron is continually looking to recruit more young people, and adult volunteers are welcomed as well.

If you are interested in finding out more information about becoming a cadet, or joining the squadron as an adult volunteer, then call 07928 214981.

Alternatively, you can email your enquiries to