South West Region

A most fitting Lands End finish for the Torch Relay

from news feeds by Squadron Leader Laura Bushell-Hawke, Media Communications Officer, Plymouth Cornwall Wing The morning began with a lively 10 minutes “on-air” covering our 75th anniversary Torch celebrations and the benefits of volunteering as an adult leader with Air Cadets (thanks to Radio Devon). dq9a5410a The Torch was received  at Okehampton Camp before travelling a short distance by mountain bike to abseil with cadets at Meldon quarry (thanks to Adventure Okehampton) and to a further photo opportunity at the former RAF Harrowbeer airfield memorial near Tavistock before moving to meet the Mayor of Plymouth on the Hoe and marching up Smeaton’s Tower. dq9a5426a dq9a5444a       At the Tamar Bridge the Torch was welcomed to Cornwall before joining a Saltash to St Austell train (courtesy of GWR) followed by an Eden Project zipwire experience for prize winning cadets (thanks to the generosity of Hangloose). torch4hq17pc366zipwiredq9a5449d dq9a5481a       The final Torch day arrives but the good weather is over.  A cadet’s prize winning parachute jump (arranged by Cornwall Parachute Club) was postponed by the Cornish bank holiday weather. The Torch was met at Lands End by AOC 22 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner, and Regional Commandant, Group Captain Mike Remlinger, in low cloud and sea mist. pcw1aaoclandsend pcw2aaoclandsend pcw3a-torch2cds       The home of 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron was the venue for the final formal reception (thanks to RNAS Predannack). The Torch arrived with the Wing Road March Training Team to be presented to and marched past in salute to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach, before refreshments were taken in slightly less formal fashion. A most fitting finish to an historic occasion. ENDS

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