Air cadets parade through Bury St Edmunds to celebrate 75th anniversary

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210202009
Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210202009

About 150 air cadets paraded through Bury St Edmunds to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the air cadet organisation.

Four squadrons - 301 Bury St Edmunds, 863 Thurston, 1331 Stowmarket and 2470 Sudbury - took part in the parade yesterday for the milestone.

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-205942009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-205942009

They formed up in the Abbey Gardens and marched out of the Abbey Gate to St Mary’s Church for a service to mark the anniversary.

They then enjoyed a reception in the Athenaeum.

The Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Patrick Chung attended the event as well as Squardon Leader Graham Deere, who is a reviewing officer from the Norfolk and Suffolk Wing headquarters.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) was formed in 1941 as an organisation to assist in the war effort.

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-205958009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-205958009

The Corps now aims to provide skills that will enable young people to prepare for military and civil life as well as promoting good citizenship.

Rowan Saunders, civilian instructor for 301 Bury Squadron, said: “The parade went fantastically well and was well attended with a nice crowd.

“All the cadets during tea and cake afterwards had smiles on their faces.”

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210020009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210020009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Salute to Air Vice Marshal Murray and Mayor Patrick Chung ANL-160702-210118009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Salute to Air Vice Marshal Murray and Mayor Patrick Chung ANL-160702-210118009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Salute to Air Vice Marshal Murray and Mayor Patrick Chung ANL-160702-210148009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds''Pictured: Salute to Air Vice Marshal Murray and Mayor Patrick Chung ANL-160702-210148009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210319009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210319009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210454009

Air cadet parade in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160702-210454009