On the 6th February 2011, cadets all over the country come together to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps. This year sounded the remarkable 70th year of the cadet force that prides itself upon its motto ‘Venture Adventure’.
The cadets ironed and polished their smartest uniform to create a great turnout and to look the part.
Whilst the official formation date is the 5th February 1941, the 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron and many around the country want to celebrate it on a Sunday so that it may be celebrated in church.
This event was once again held at the beautiful St. Laurence’s church, with Father Simon Ellis overseeing the celebration. He offered his blessing to everyone in the ATC and the Royal Air Force, and gave his thanks.
The event was also attended by His Worship the Mayor, as well as the Lady Mayor, who received a warm reception from the cadets.
The parade was mostly composed of the church service. The warm sense of community of Long Eaton was apparent as we all joined together for a coffee and a chat afterwards.
The Mayor commented on how beneficial for the community these events were as it brings everybody together, and took time to answer and discuss questions with the younger cadets who were keen to learn of his duties.
2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron is looking forward to a bright future and hopes to continue contributing to the community.
By Cadet Flight Sergeant Readyhoof