Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation was a ‘massive career highlight’ according to Cadet Warrant Officer Josh Morgan of 1003 Leighton Buzzard Squadron.
He was one of 750 cadets and 75 uniformed staff who paraded through the City of Ely as part of the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing.
He added: “Accompanying the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and seeing the new Wing banner with so mnay cadets was fantastic.”
The parade – the largest in the Wing’s history – was led by cadets from the Wing Band.
Wing Commander Tony Kelly said: “It’s been an opportunity for the whole Wing to come together to start a year of celebration and pride in our achievements.”
Padre Roger Cresswell led a service which included an excerpt from the memories of Air Cadet Peter Price who lived in the south of England during the Battle of Britain.
These nostalgic tales form part of the Corps’ history and help today’s incumbents understand what it was like to be an Air Cadet 75 years ago.
The Lord-Lieutenants for Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, Helen Nellis and Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO CBE, took the salute and met with cadets at a reception.
The youngsters learn leadership, radio and communications, aircraft recognition, drill first aid and sports.
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