This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps, now more commonly known as the Air Cadets.
Cadets and staff of the Devon & Somerset Wing held an anniversary parade through Taunton to mark this historic occasion.
Although formed during the Second World War with the intention of training young men for service in the RAF, the Air Training Corps is now one of the largest national voluntary youth organisations in the country. It has a membership of approximately 40,000 aviation minded young men and women who enjoy flying, gliding, sport and adventure training.
The parade was held on Saturday 11th of June commencing in the town centre and ended with a drum head service at Vivary Park. Some 450 cadets and their adult volunteer staff from squadrons across both Devon and Somerset were in attendance. VIPs included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Mr Neil Dowdney, Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Squire and the Mayor of Taunton Deane Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant praised the cadets for their spirit of adventure and self-motivation, he went on to thank the adult volunteer staff for giving freely of their time and providing excellent training opportunities for the cadets.
Following the parade and thanksgiving service, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight provided several flypasts featuring a Spitfire and Hurricane historic aircraft as a tribute to 75 years of the Air Training Corps.
For further information on the Air Cadets please contact Devon & Somerset Wing HQ on 01392 275173 or visit www.atcdevsom.org.uk