Young people from Kettering Air Cadets joined forces with over 300 cadets this weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Air Training Corps.
Ten local cadets travelled to Leicester, the home of the first Air Training Corps (ATC) squadron, on Sunday (20th) and took part in a commemorative parade through the city centre and church service at Leicester Cathedral to mark this historic anniversary.
During the church service Kettering Air Cadet Padre, Reverend Robert Hill, took a pivotal role and led the Act of Commitment, giving ATC members the chance to renew and reaffirm their commitment to the cause.
Cadet Warrant Officers from Kettering also took part in the prestigious drum head alter. This is a special part of the service which involves placing four drums and a Squadron banner at the front of the church to form an alter for worship, a tradition which mimics the impromptu alters formed by troops during active service.
Kettering Air Cadet Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Guy Slack, attended the event and said: “It was wonderful to be able to bring together over 300 cadets in such an important celebration. The ATC has been working hard for the last 70 years to help support and teach young people – we thoroughly look forward to the next 70 years.”
Cadet Warrant Officer Hoier, Cadet Warrant Officer Newman, Flight Sergeant Perkins, Sergeant Bennett, Corporal York, Cadet Walmsley, Cadet Peterson-Buckley, Cadet Wilson, Cadet Hailes and Cadet Trevaskis all took part in the anniversary event.
Kettering Air Cadets is currently recruiting for new members aged between 13 and 17. To find out more please visit: www.ketteringaircadets.org or telephone 01536 481 999. The Squadron meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm.