February 6th 2015


Members of 1211 (Swadlincote) Air Cadet Squadron will commemorate Air Training Corps (ATC) Sunday this weekend.

Cadets and adult volunteers from the Squadron will mark the 74th anniversary of the ATC this Sunday by marching from their John Street Headquarters at 10am to the Eureka Park Memorial Gates where a service will be held.

The event will also pay tribute to members of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron who have fallen in conflict.

Members of the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and the local authority have been invited to join the Cadets and Staff on the parade.

Pilot Officer Matt Leedham, the Squadron’s Musical Director, said of the event: “The Cadet’s parents and families have been asked to join us, but anyone in South Derbyshire who would like to come along will be more than welcome and also to join us afterwards in our Headquarters for tea and buns.”

Squadron Commander, Alyn Thompson said of the event: “We expect to have 80 plus Cadets on parade although this is a low number for us as we also have 15 Cadets attending sports trials at RAF Wittering along with another group who will be shooting.

“Our job at 1211 Squadron is to take every available opportunity for all of our Cadets, whether it’s a flight in an Air Force aeroplane or putting them forward for qualifications in the B-TEC scheme.  We are one of the best Air Cadet Units in the UK and the reason for that is because our training programme is so varied.”