South West Region


Air cadets from Nailsea helped the RAF Air Cadets celebrate their 75th anniversary in style at their national parade and musical extravaganza this week. Cadets Clasper, Whitcombe, and Flight Sgt Penfold, of 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Training Corps joined the fun for the historic event at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. They were some of up to 5,000 people attending with VIP guests including the new Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, CBE, RAF, and Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, MBE RAFVR(T) and flypasts from the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Falcons. The historic event was to mark 75 years since the formation of the Air Training Corps and several units of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), collectively known as the RAF Air Cadets. Edward said: “I was thrilled to be part of the flagship anniversary event. The air cadets began in 1941 and we have nearly 960 ATC squadrons across the UK and 210 detachments of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) in schools. It was a really big parade and party.” Opening with a precision parade in front of College Hall, 350 cadets performed a spectacular hour-long drill ceremony, before musical youngsters and adult volunteers took to the stage for the musical extravaganza with compere Peter Dickinson voice of the X-Factor. The day closed with a finale of fireworks. The cadets attended the parade and extravaganza with their squadron and said: “It was a really great day celebrating the best of the RAF Air Cadets, my highlight was watching the Red Arrows fly over, as some of their pilots used to be cadets they are a huge inspiration for me. “The parade was amazing to watch, it has definitely given our squadron ideas to practise at home for our Remembrance Day parades in our local town.” More information about the RAF Air Cadets, including how to join as a cadet or as an adult volunteer, can be found at or Call 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron on 01275 855138 Queries: Call Squadron MCO CI Jason ReisTel:01275 855138 or 07525454901 for further information.
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