Cadets from 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps turned out on Friday and Saturday last week (13 and 14 May) to support Wellingborough’s International Waendel Walk. The popular local event, which welcomes over 5,000 walkers from far and wide, is a highlight of the Squadron’s calendar and this year saw the cadets taking part in the opening ceremonies as well as the walk itself.
Cadets lead the opening ceremony for the Waendel Walk
Joined by neighbouring units from Kettering and Rushden, the Squadron led a parade of air cadets carrying the flags of 28 nations at Friday’s opening ceremony, and fielded an enthusiastic team of walkers on the Saturday.
Flying Officer Phil Warr, the Squadron’s Officer in Charge, led the cadets across a 16 mile route, which included various places of interest and villages in and around the unit’s home town itself.
Air Cadets marching team on parade
On reaching the finish line with the youngsters in tow, Phil said: “I’m immensely proud of all the cadets for taking part in the walk today and my thanks go out to all of our supporting adult volunteers.
“We’ve had a great turnout once again, enjoyed some excellent weather for the occasion and the cadets have had a fantastic response from the organisers and members of the public.”
378 (Mannock) Squadron is based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough. The unit is currently recruiting for adult volunteer staff as well as welcoming new cadets to its ranks. Volunteers or young people interested in learning more about the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough can visit: www.378.org.uk or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Mannock. The Squadron’s training takes place at their headquarters on Monday and Wednesday evenings.