Berwick air cadets mark anniversary with parade

Air cadets past and present marched through Berwick on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of 1016 (Berwick) Squadron Air Training Corps.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 8:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 8:58 am

Around 100 people joined the parade from the parish church to the town hall, applauded along the street by many onlookers.

The squadron was joined by air cadets from Durham, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, former members and the Royal British Legion, led by the Berwick Royal British Legion and Coldstream Pipe Bands.

The salute was taken outside the Guildhall by Group Captain Mark Leeming, the Air Cadets North Region’s Commandant, and by Group Captain Mark Coleman, the Station Commander at RAF Boulmer.

Among those who attended the reception that followed in the Guildhall were Jeanna Swan, the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Lord Beith, the former MP for Berwick, Baroness Maddox and the Berwick civic party.

Earlier, a service of thanksgiving was held in the parish church.

Since its formation in 1941, the squadron has provided opportunities for hundreds of young men and women from the area to take advantage of a range of activities offered by the air cadet organisation, including flying, target shooting, adventure training, and various civilian qualifications.

They are also actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

The squadron’s commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Susan Gillies, said: “This was a wonderful day for the squadron and we’re very grateful for the support that the town and neighbouring districts showed us both today and throughout the year.

“We are always looking for new squadron members, so if you are between the ages of 12 and 17 and are interested, have a look at the air cadets website and come along and see us at the Drill Hall on Ravensdowne on one of our training nights (every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm) where we will make you very welcome.”

They are also keen to get in touch with former members. It is hoped to mount a permanent display of the squadron’s history within its present base at the Drill Hall.

The squadron is looking for information about the various annual camps and training, photographs and any memorabilia or even trophies that it could borrow to help celebrate its history.