Twenty-nine RAF Air Cadets from nine different squadrons across Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing completed a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition last weekend. Fifteen cadets from 181 (City of … Continue Reading
The sun shone on the Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing parade on Sunday 3rd July as Cadets and staff marched to the Gloucester Cathedral for a service to celebrate the forming of the Air Training Corps 75 years ago on 5th February 1941 and to acknowledge the 100 years since the start of The Battle of the Somme. About 300 cadets and staff took part in a march past, the salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter DBE and Air Marshall Julian Young CB OBE RAF. The cadets played a large part in the service by recounting the major Air Cadet points through the decades; musical items were played by 2442 (Westbury on Trym Squadron) and “We’ll meet again” was sung by cadets of 1860 (Speedwell) Squadron, the address was given by Officer Commanding Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, Wing Commander David Cox FCA MCGI RAFVR(T). The event was attended by many dignitaries and alumni including Mr Jim Bartlett, 89, an ex-member of 614 (Lydney) Squadron who left as a Flight Seargent in 1945. The day concluded with the cutting of a cake by Air Marshall Julian Young.