My weekend: Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell

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Paul Mitchell, 51, is an assistant project manager at BAE Systems and an Air Cadet squadron leader. He lives in Gosport.

What was the last book you read?

History of RAF Aerial Reconnaissance, as I am going to visit RAF Benson this summer and wanted to know something of its history. RAF Benson is an RAF base that specialises in helicopters and so I wanted to find out more about reconnaissance; particularly in aircraft such as Merlin helicopters which are based at RAF Benson. 

And the last film you saw?

The Monuments Men (right)on DVD. I watched it at home with my wife. It’s a film based on a true story about a WWII platoon who have to go to Germany to retrieve stolen art from the Nazis. It was truly amazing.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Working with the Air Cadets at my squadron in Gosport or enjoying time away in the caravan with my wife and two English springer spaniels.

What do you watch on TV?

I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do, I like to watch drama and informative programmes. I quite like using iPlayer. Watching soaps, talent or game shows is time wasted.

Which celebrity would
you most like to spend a weekend with?
I would have loved to spend some time with Captain Eric Brown, the RN test pilot. He could tell me great stories.

Where do you shop?

John Lewis and Waitrose because they both provide superb service and a large selection. I especially love Waitrose because they recently helped raise around £400 for the squadron using their green token scheme.

Where do you eat out?
Boat House Café and Gosport Marina. Both places have wonderful food and a view to match.

What about pubs and bars. Where do you go?
The Jolly Roger at Hardway, Gosport. It provides great food and a very nice view.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

The New Forest (right) because it’s free to all and very relaxing.

And what about a day trip further afield?

The Isle of Wight. I just love the sea, the views and the fresh, wonderful food. I recommend the off-the-boat crab at Steep Hill Cove; it’s delicious.

Do you have any hobbies?

Air Cadets. I am the commanding officer of the local Air Cadet Unit based at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport. I joined 1098 Squadron in 1974 and have enjoyed every opportunity. I would recommend it to anyone as it develops and improves you as a person; you have the opportunity to do things that normally are not available. For instance, last month my cadets and I flew in an RAF Chinook helicopter. It was a great day out. I also love caravanning. It’s the chance to get away. I’m off to Cornwall this year and can’t wait to run the dogs on the beach.