The Flag Ceremony with the 130 Squadron Bournemouth Air Cadets The 50th Annual Convention weekend for Lions Clubs in the south of England was a special occasion for a number of reasons.
The Friday morning dawned cloudy in Bournemouth preventing the solar eclipse from being fully viewed, but as the temporary darkness across the country cleared from the coinciding Supermoon, Spring Equinox and Solar Eclipse the Lions looked forward to the start of the Golden Jubilee Convention.
The 50th Anniversary Convention began in fine style with the opening flag ceremony the 130 Squadron Bournemouth Air Cadets raising the Union Flag, the Convention Flag and the 130 Air Cadets Flag during a smart display of military drill at the front of the Wessex Hotel. After the ceremony the air cadets had the opportunity of talking to and having photos taken with former Red Arrows Pilot and Chair of Council MD105 – Past District Governor Michael Phillips.
On the Saturday evening the cadets helped out at the groups special meal by providing a lining party for the guests of honours to arrive. This followed by Flt Sgt Sherry being presented with some special gifts for the Squadrons help. The Squadron received a limited edition signed print from the Red Arrows 2015 display team also a donation of £100 that is going to be used to provide berets for the Squadrons new recruits.
The event was a great success and the Air cadets have already been asked to help out at next years celebration which is the 100th Anniversary of the International lions organisation.