The distinctive sound of Rolls Royce Merlin engines filled the Devon sky over Torquay on Saturday, 5th May 2012. Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight carried out several fly overs as a prelude to 530 Air Cadets of Devon & Somerset Wing Air Training Corps parading through the town.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester carried out an inspection of the cadets and took the opportunity to speak with them about their experiences and the training they receive in the Air Cadet Organisation.
He later took a salute from the cadets at the position of a memorial plaque marking a visit of His Majesty King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth which was made to the town in 1942. During the wartime visit the King took the salute during a parade through the town consisting of RAF Airmen and the newly formed Air Training Corps.
HRH Duke of Gloucester was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon Mr Eric Dancer, and civic dignitaries from the area. A number of veterans and ex-cadets who were original members of the 1942 parade were also present as the cadets marched through the town following the original route.
On completion of the parade HRH Duke of Gloucester who is an honorary Air Marshal attended a reception at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club where he was pleased to meet and speak with original members of the parade and current day members of staff from Devon & Somerset Wing ATC.
Wing Media Communications Officer for Devon & Somerset Air Cadets, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe, said “The cadets put on a fantastic parade today to mark the anniversary of the previous Royal visit. The Duke of Gloucester commented on how important teamwork and leadership training is to young people, not only in the RAF but also in civilian employment. This has been a memorable day for all the veterans and current members of the ATC.”