1:20pm Monday 19th August 2013
THE latest recruits have been officially welcomed into Northwich’s 146 Squadron Air Training Corps.
Cadets took part in a graduation parade and ceremony following an intensive 18-week induction into the squadron.
Their ceremony took place at the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN), in Rudheath, watched by family and friends, town mayor Clr Bob Robinson, and the reviewing officer of the day, David Scholes, a former Royal Artillery NCO, artist and author from Northwich, who has previously served in Iraq and is current Chairman of Northwich Royal British Legion.
Squadron Leader Paul Thompson RAF VR(T), the commanding officer of Northwich squadron, said: “The graduation parade is the proud culmination of 18 weeks of intensive training, designed to introduce the cadets to both the Air Training Corps and 146 squadron, now the largest squadron in the country.
“The cadets cover a varied range of subjects from airmanship and gliding to first aid and expedition training and they all gain new skills and meet new friends in the process.”
Following the presentation of their First Class badges, five individual awards were given to recognise special achievement, culminating in the coveted ‘Best Cadet’ award, won by Cadet Alex Woodfinden, of Hartford.
T he next intake is October 1 and teenagers aged between 13 and 17 are welcome.
For more information visit theaircadets.org or visit the old TA hall, in Darwin Street, between 7pm and 9.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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