On Sunday 3rd February, Air Cadets from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing, Eastern Sector, will celebrate the formation anniversary of the Air Training Corps (ATC) with a parade in Newmarket.
Cadets and staff will be led by the drum section of 2417 (Newmarket) Squadron for the parade, which also includes 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron, 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron, 1451 (Haverhill) Squadron, 2461 (Sawston) Squadron, 2523 (Linton) Squadron and 2524 (Oakington) Squadron.
The Air Training Corps celebrates its 72nd Anniversary, having formed from the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1941 when the government at the time realised the important training that was being delivered to young men who then went on to serve in the military. The present day organisation continues to promote an interest in the Royal Air Force, aviation and adventure whilst developing skills in leadership and citizenship.
Activities available through the Air Training Corps included flying, gliding, target shooting and adventurous training such as mountain walking, climbing, abseiling and kayaking. The Corps also provides life skills training through the Duke of Edinburgh Award, BTEC qualifications, leadership training and first aid. Cadets regularly visit UK RAF stations along with overseas visits to Germany, Gibraltar and Cyprus.
Squadron Leader Tim Brain, Eastern Sector Commander, said “Cadets and staff are proud to recognise their history each year by coming together for a parade. Up and down the Country similar events will be happening to celebrate the achievements and aims of the Air Training Corps.”