South West Region

From the Clifton Suspension Bridge through Somerset to Dartmoor with the Torch

from a press release by Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe, Media Communications, Devon Somerset Wing, also published on the wing web page.   The Torch is a symbol of enlightenment towards training and today’s Air Cadets are provided with aviation based training which is not only fun, but will be of benefit to them in military or civilian life. ac75torchbridgemauricefbjn04sep16   Devon and Somerset Air Cadets participated in the Torch relay after a presentation from Bristol Gloucestershire Wing on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol by Air Cadet Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, a keen aviator herself.   The Torch was relayed to several locations, the first being Wells Cathedral followed by Wookey Hole Caves where, in a bewitching experience, cadets, staff and the Torch met the Witch of Wookey. Next stops in the relay were Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, home of 40 Commando Royal Marines, North Hill Gliding School near Dunkerswell, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and a canoe trip from Exeter along the River Exe. ac75torchimagedsw2adaver28aug16 ac75torchimagedsw5daver28aug16 ac75torchimagedsw4adaver28aug16             Media Communications Officer, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe, said “We were proud to be part of the Air Cadet national Torch relay and would like to thank all those who hosted us and made our anniversary such a success.” ac75torchimagedsw3adaver28aug16 ac75torchimagedsw6adaver28aug16         The final stage of the journey was to a handover to Plymouth and Cornwall Wing at Okehampton Camp on Dartmoor, an appropriate venue as the Air Cadet motto is ‘Venture Adventure’ and both wings use this area for adventure training and are major participants in annual "Ten Tors" expeditions. ENDS

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