For the first time ever the CCF Inter-Service Field Gun Competition has been run at a different venue to the Quadrangle and for the first time ever the Competition has been won twice by the Army Section in the same term!
When asked what do the CCF Field Gun Competition teams have in common with the Royal Air Force Falcons, the Defence Animal Centre Dog Display team, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Dynamic Display teams, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the answer is that they were all displaying their talents on the Victoria Embankment on Saturday 29th June, by taking part in the National Armed Forces Day hosted by the City of Nottingham.
In front of an audience of thousands of visitors to the Embankment Arena, the cadets Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Field Gun teams took part in a demonstration of their Annual Inter-Service Competition with the Army team repeating their 2013 Review Day triumph with the astonishing time of 2 minutes, 25 seconds. Despite the Royal Navy’s slick disassembling and reassembling skills, they mustered a time of 3 minutes, 15 seconds after a fumbled start across the aerial runway, while the Royal Air Force managed an impressive 2 minutes, 45 seconds to secure the runners-up position.
Following hard on the heels of the RAF Parachute team landing in the Arena with precision timing, and commentated upon by Wing Commander Peter Sergeant, the Competition attracted considerable attention from the on-site television relay crews and the sight of close-ups of the gun teams in action on the giant television screens added considerably to the spectacle and to the enjoyment of the spectators and competitors alike, making it an occasion to remember for many years to come.
In thanking all who made the event possible, Wing Commander Sergeant paid tribute to the six members of the Royal Engineers Section who, superbly led by Major David Steele, made sure that the aerial runway was as securely established as it always is in the Quadrangle, and to Mr David Evans whose invaluable help in managing the logistics required to ensure that all the essential equipment was delivered to the site and returned safely to school, was way beyond the call of his usual duties of recording the event for the website and the school archives.
To everyone who contributed to the enormous success of the unique venture, the heartiest congratulations are due. Never in the field of the LGS Inter-Service Field Gun competitions has so much been owed to so few (relatively speaking). To all 24 cadets involved – thank you: the CCF and the School is very proud of your achievement and so should you be too.