2480 (Holywell) Squadron has been awarded the prestigious Lees Trophy and confirmed as the best Royal Air Force Air Cadet (RAFAC) squadron in the United Kingdom.

The recognition comes after cadets and volunteers took part in an extensive evaluation process that concluded with a final inspection from Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE RAFR.

The Lees Trophy is an annual award given to RAFAC squadrons with 45 or fewer cadets. It has a history that dates back to 1949 in the aftermath of World War Two and now rewards squadrons for their influential roles in local communities.

More than 1,000 squadrons entered the 2018 instalment of the competition, which tested their drill routines, dress code and various other aspects of the cadet experience and syllabus.

Flight Lieutenant Anglesea, Commanding Officer of Holywell Squadron, said: “The confirmation that we are doing a good job is really important for the whole squadron to keep moving forwards and give more young people the opportunity to try out all of our activities.

“Our next goals are to raise funds for an expedition to Iceland and to start a band.”

2480 (Holywell) Squadron RAFAC are based at the Drill Hall on Halkyn Street. Interested in joining? Click here for more information.

There are over 4,400 cadets in Wales. They enjoy fun with friends at more than 200 unit locations, which span the length and breadth of the country.

Cadets grow through life changing experiences and gain nationally recognised qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, St John’s Ambulance First Aid and BTEC awards.

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