Air cadets parade through Haverhill

200 air cadets paraded down Haverhill high street to St Mary's Church
200 air cadets paraded down Haverhill high street to St Mary's Church

More than 200 air cadets from the Eastern Sector of the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing on Sunday celebrated the anniversary of the Air Training Corps (ATC) forming with a parade through Haverhill.

This year’s event was hosted by the Haverhill Squadron which saw approximately 200 cadets and staff proudly marching through the town centre.

They were led by the drum section of Newmarket) Squadron, which also included City of Cambridge Squadron and squadrons from Ely, Haverhill, Sawston, Linton and Oakington.

The cadets and staff marched along the High Street in Haverhill to St Mary’s Church for a short service and en route Air Commodore J A F Ford RAF (Ret’d), took the salute .

At a church service conducted by Haverhill’s chaplain, Capt. Andrew D Payne, the cadets had an opportunity to renew their cadet promise.

Air Commodore Ford said “It was great to see such a large turnout and was an honour to take the salute. It is clear a lot of cadets and staff have put in a lot of effort today.”

The Air Training Corps celebrates its 73rd anniversary, having formed from the Air Defence Cadet Corps in 1941

The present day organisation continues to promote an interest in the Royal Air Force, aviation and adventure whilst developing skills in leadership and citizenship for both men and women.

Activities available through the Air Training Corps includes flying, gliding, target shooting and adventure training such as mountain walking, climbing, abseiling and kayaking.