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