Proud young cadets marched through Oakham town centre yesterday (Sunday) in front of scores of people to celebrate an anniversary.
More than 40 cadets took part in the parade which marked the 73rd year of the Air Training Corps.
Cadets from 2248 (Rutland) Squadron were joined by 1181 (Syston) Squadron and 1279 (Melton) Squadron for the event which is held in the town every three years.
The cadets were led by the Tally Ho Band from Melton Mowbray and families lined the streets to cheer them on.
Andrew Griffin, chairman of the 2248 (Rutland) Squadron civilian committee, which organised the event, said: “There were a number of people watching in High Street and it all went very well.
“The band were very good and the cadets had a real sense of pride.”
A service was held at All Saints’ Church in Church Street to mark the occasion before cadets marched down High Street, taking a salute at Market Place from the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard.
Dr Howard said: “It was a very nice event.
“I have to say I’m always very pleased and honoured to be involved with the cadets.
“They are a very fine group of young people.”
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 civilian life.
It 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.
It provides opportunities to learn about the RAF, principles of flight, first aid, navigation, aircraft operation and many other allied subjects. Cadets also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes and other adventure training courses.
For more information about the Air Training Corps, visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets