Large crowds gathered in Weston-Super-Mare on Sunday (May 4) as Air Cadets from across the westcountry put on an impressive display parading through Weston-Super-Mare.
Hundreds of Cadets and Adult volunteer staff from Devon & Somerset Wing Air Training Corps (ATC) were led by their Wing Band as they marched along Locking Road and through the High Street.
This parade was part of a bi-annual Wing review where the cadets’ drill and ceremonial skills are put to the test in front of the public, civic and military VIPs.
In attendance were Somerset’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Elizabeth Gass, Air Chief Marshall Sir Peter Squire, a former head of the Royal Air Force and the Mayor of Weston-Super-Mare, Councillor Keith Morris.
Devon & Somerset Wing Media Officer, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe said: “This has been our biggest parade of the year. It was good that so many members of the public supported the cadets and heard our band performing”.
The Air Training Corps is a national voluntary youth organisation which provides training for young men and women which will be useful in both civil and military life. Cadets can join from the age of 13, they do not have to join the RAF but many choose to do so.
The Air Training Corps motto is ‘venture adventure’, members can take part in flying, gliding, sports, music and adventure training, there are also visits to RAF and service establishments in the UK and abroad.
For further information on the Air Training Corps as an adult volunteer or cadet, contact the Wing Media Officer, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe on 07789 954708 or visit www.aircadets.org.