Cadets Bring Holbeach to Stand Still

Every year Cadets throughout the Air Training Corp get together to celebrate ATC Sunday, and 2014 was no different. This year the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Northern Sector met at Holbeach, where the local squadron 2430 (Holbeach) had organised a parade fitting for the occasion.

ATC SundaySome 150 plus cadets and staff from 51 (Orton) Sqn, 1406 (Spalding) Sqn, 511 (Ramsey) Sqn, 2331 (St Ives) Sqn, 115 (Peterborough) Sqn, 272 (Wisbech) Sqn, 1220 (March) Sqn and of course our host 2430 (Holbech) Sqn, joined to parade through the centre of Holbeach to celebrate the anniversary of the official formation of the Air Training Corp, in the year of 1941 on 5th February.

After an initial inspection of the Sector by the LordATC Sunday Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth, the parade led by the Sector Band turned onto Fleet Street, then up through High Street, where the salute was again taken by the Lord Lieutenant, before finally coming to halt on Church Street. The Banner parties lined the entrance to the West Door of the All Saints Parish Church Holbeach, for the entry of the cadets and the staff, whilst another 8 cadets lined the north entrance for the dignitaries.

A short service then followed which was conducted in the main by Padre Keith Locke, Chaplain to 2430 (Holbeach) Sqn who was supported by Reverend Rosamund Seal Vicar of Holbeach. Squadron Leader Robert Bradshaw VR(T) North Sector Commander read the first reading while the second reading was read by Cadet Sgt Macauley Crane of 2430 (Holbeach).

ATC SundayThe cadets of 51(Orton) squadron joined in to re confirm their Cadet promise, which was made all the more special as their original enrolment had been conducted in part by Padre Keith Locke. The service was then concluded with prayers and the national anthem before the cadets had a chance to celebrate and catch up with each other for tea and biscuit in the United Services Club.

Commanding Officer of 51 (Orton) Sqn Flt Lt Andrew Mason, said “The squadron once again did him proud and it was made all the more special with the parade taking place in his home town and his Flight Sergeant receiving his Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal”

If you would like to be a member of 51 (Orton) Squadron, why not visit our website www.51sqnatc.co.uk or attend our open evening on the 20th February between 19:15 and 21:00 hours.