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Give air cadets a rousing show of support in Oakham this weekend

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People in Rutland are being urged to show their support for more than 40 young cadets who will parade in Oakham this weekend.

The cadets will march in the town on Sunday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Air Training Corps.

Cadets from 2248(Rutland) Squadron will be joined by 1181 (Syston) Squadron and 1279 (Melton) Squadron for the celebration and it is hoped residents will turn out in numbers to wave and cheer them on.

The aim of the Air Training Corps is to encourage the spirit of adventure, to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship and to provide training which will be useful not just in the services but also in civilian life.

The celebration has been organised by the 2248 (Rutland) Squadron civilian committee.

Committee chairman Andrew Griffin said: “It will be lovely for people to see the youth of Rutland at its best.

“It’s such a fantastic facility for young people and their personal development.

“I hope many will come out to support them.”

A service will be held at All Saints’ Church in Church Street at 2.30pm on Sunday before the cadets march down to High Street and along to Catmos Street at about 3.15pm, led by the Tally Ho Band from Melton Mowbray.

They will take a salute from the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and guests will include Oakham mayor Adam Lowe and Uppingham deputy mayor Dave Ainsley.

The Rutland squadron has shared hosting the parade with the other two squadrons every three years since 2005.

The Air Training Corps was formed on February 5, 1941 and today has more than 44,000 members.

The Rutland squadron meets at its headquarters in Penn Street Oakham on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

There are opportunities to learn about the RAF, principles of flight, first aid, navigation, aircraft operation and many other allied subjects.

Cadets can also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Schemes and other adventure training courses.

For more information visit the website at www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

 

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