The Sqn deployed 66 Staff and Cadets on the evening of 19 August to Hylands Park, Chelmsford to the Virgin V Festival. However, we were not there to enjoy the various acts, we were there to work overnight picking up rubbish left by the festival goers so that the areas could open to the public the next day. Starting at midnight and finishing at 8am in the morning was a new experience for some of the cadets, but all too familiar for the staff and senior cadets.
We were assisting NuKleen (the cleaning company for the event) in picking rubbish from where their cleaning machines could not reach or go, and everyone filled several dozen bags during the night. In spite of early rain the weather turned fairly pleasent and the hard work of those who attended raised around £2500 in profit for the Sqn, which will sooon translate into Rucksacks and Radios for the use of the cadets.