This year marks the 75th Anniversary of one of the country’s largest youth organisations. Formed in 1941, the Air Training Corps is now more commonly known as the Air Cadets.
To mark the 75th Anniversary, Air Cadets carried out an epic torch relay from John O’Groats to Land’s End. The torch is a symbol of enlightenment towards training and today’s Air Cadets are provided with aviation based training which is not only fun, but will be of benefit to them in military or civilian life.
Devon and Somerset Air Cadets participated in the relay, receiving the torch at a presentation held on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The torch was passed from Bristol and Gloucester Wing to Devon and Somerset Wing by Air Cadets Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain, Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR(T), a keen aviator herself.
The torch was relayed to various locations with the first stop being Wells Cathedral. Next stop was Wookey Hole Caves, where a bewitching experience took place for both the cadets and staff when they were met by the Witch of Wookey.
The next stops in the relay were Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, home of 40 Commando Royal Marines; North Hill Gliding School near Dunkerswell; Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; and a canoe trip from Exeter along the River Exe.
The final stage of the journey was a handover of the torch to Plymouth and Cornwall Wing which was carried out at Okehampton Camp on Dartmoor – an appropriate venue as Air Cadets use this area for hiking and adventure training. The Air Training Corps’ motto is ‘venture adventure’.
Media Communications Officer, Sqn Ldr Dave Rolfe, said “We were proud to be part of the Air Cadets national torch relay and would like to thank all those that hosted us and made our anniversary such a success”.
The Air Cadets 75th Anniversary torch relay neared the end of its journey through Devon and Somerset on route to its final destination at Land’s End.
To find out more about the Air Cadets in Devon and Somerset, and joining as a Cadet or Adult Volunteer, visit; atcdevsom.org.uk.