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Wigston Cadets honour ATC legend

Article posted: Jul 12, 2010 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Cadets and staff have honoured an Air Training Corps legend, ex Warrant Officer and Civilian Instructor John Orwin who passed away in 2008. John Orwin served with 3 ATC Squadrons, 198 Hinckley, 1947 Birstall and finally 1461 Wigston. Over the decades John taught many cadets a variety of subjects but will always be remembered for his Adventure Training and Junior cadet training, showing the ropes (quite literally sometimes!) to the new recruits.
A plaque has been installed in the Junior cadet training room, and the squadron plan to build a “memory wall” displaying John’s No.1 jacket, cap and rank insignia. The evening was made even more special with a guest appearance by Sylvia Orwin, John’s wife who has donated the articles and continues to have links with the Squadron. Staff and cadets took the opportunity to share old stories about John, from climbing Welsh mountains with a map of Kilimanjaro, first meetings to the old “quid camps” where cadets learnt survival skills in local woods.
Officer in Charge 1461 Wigston Sqn, Fg Off Tim Hargraves said “ Mr Orwin was an inspiration to me both as a cadet and as a member of staff in the ATC. He inspired me and hundreds of others of cadets to push ourselves during new experiences. He was and always will be one of the legends of 1461 Sqn.”

Photo shows Mrs Sylvia Orwin with cadets in the Junior Cadet Room.

Fg Off Tim Hargraves OiC 1461 sqn