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On the 2nd May 130 CCF cadets were deployed to Castlelaw Training Area in the Pentland Hills for their CCF overnight exercise.

For many, this was their first night under a basha (taut waterproof sheet) and unfortunately the weather was set to be poor. As we loaded the coaches at Fettes, dark clouds could be seen above the Pentlands which wasn’t ideal!

The hardy Fettes cadets showed great perseverance and after a safety briefing, they set-up their bashas with high spirits. Throughout the majority of the dark hours the cadets patrolled the area, interacted with role-playing characters and then fired blank ammunition as part of the ambush training phase. 

Friday 3rd May was our Field Day and biennial inspection, kindly conducted by 51 Brigade Commander Mr Lindsay. Fortunately the field day had significantly better weather and a number of exciting activities kept the tired cadets energised. All of our cadets took part in a military obstacle course, a computerised shooting range, blank firing of a 105mm Light Gun and other tactical training stands. The Field Day was a great success and the cadets worked very hard throughout.

Well done everyone!