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Coalville Air Cadets Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Article posted: Mar 18, 2011 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

On 10th March this year 1188 (Coalville) Squadron was 70 years old and celebrated in style.

This year the air cadet organisation celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The Air Training Corps was formed on 5th February 1941 just a few months after the Battle of Britain. Within a month there were more than 400 squadrons, 1188 (Coalville) Squadron was formed shortly afterwards.

During the 1940’s there were numerous squadrons all over the country, many of which still operate today.
1188 (Coalville) Squadron is now the only squadron still running in North West Leicestershire.
The aims of the corps are still the same today as they were when the Air Training Corps was formed
1 to promote and encourage among young man and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force
2 to provide training which will be useful both in the services and in civil life
3 to foster a spirit of adventure
4 to develop the qualities of leadership and the good citizenship.

1188 (Coalville) Squadron celebrated its birthday in style. The squadron hosted a birthday party at The Palace in Ibstock, for current members of the squadron and former members too.
Music for the night was provided by the Hathern Concert Brass, the band spent a considerable amount of time expanding their repertoire to include the RAF March Past, 633 squadron and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines especially for the occasion.

The food was provided by the former Michelin Star Chef who now works at The Whitwick Community Coffee Shop. He provided authentic 1940’s food including “dig for victory” stew and trifle.
Flying Officer Rod Dring RAF VR(T), the Officer in Charge said “ the evening was an unqualified success. The band was excellent, professional and talented.” The Wing Commander, Nigel Dickinson agreed.

Flying Officer Rod Dring was very proud to host the event. Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison added, “The food was really tasty, the trifle was made using limited ingredients as it would have had to be during ration book Britain but it was still delicious.”

Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)