A LIFE changing organisation is celebrating its 75th birthday in Northwich with a 1940s ball this summer.

146 Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), Northwich, celebrates its 75th Anniversary on the June 13.

The squadron, based at Darwin Street, is one of the largest in the ATC.

It was originally formed on June 13, 1939, just before the start of the Second World War and was one of the first 50 Air Defence Cadet Corps Squadrons in the country.

It was soon decided that the Cadet Corps was of such value that it should be formalised into the Air Training Corps in 1941 During its history 146 Squadron has welcomed thousands of young men and women who have enjoyed a wide range ro activities from flying and gliding to shooting, hiking and canoeing.

Squadron Leader Paul Thompson RAFVR(T), Squadron Commanding Officer since 2008, said: "We are extremely proud to have been a major influence, and provided unique life changing opportunities, to thousands of local 13 to 20 year olds who gained so much and who, in turn, gave so much back as responsible and productive citizens in many walks of life both near to their home town and around the world.

“All who joined 146 had a common spirit of adventure and were eager to learn new skills and make new friends – we intend to satisfy that same spirit and eagerness for future generations of local youth.”

For more information visit theaircadets.org or visit the squadron, which meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm until 9.30pm.