‘Jonathan Wigley Award’ for hard-working Grantham cadets

Cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron with their awards.
Cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron with their awards.
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CADETS with Grantham’s 47F Squadron picked up awards at their end of year review at the Guildhall.

For the first time ever, parents were invited along to the review and the larger audience meant a shift in venue from the squadron’s headquarters in Trigg’s Yard to the Guildhall.

Gary Allen, commanding officer of 47F Grantham Squadron, said: “The evening started with a slideshow to an audience of more than 200 cadets and parents. For the cadets’ families, this gave them a much greater insight into what their youngsters have been doing throughout the year.

“The second half of the evening was devoted to the presentation of awards to cadets who have excelled throughout the year. The awards night was another first for the squadron, with important trophies having sat in the squadron trophy cabinet for many years.”

A new addition was made to the trophy cabinet this year, with the ‘Jonathan Wigley Award’ for team spirit and enthusiasm.

Jonathan was a cadet with 47F Grantham Squadron until joining the Royal Marines and was killed in action during a tour of Afghanistan four years ago.

The award was made on the night by Jonathan’s mother, Sharon Wigley, who travelled from Hampshire for the ceremony.

The year-end review and awards night will now become an annual event for the Grantham squadron.