Cadets parade through Melbourn to mark 74th anniversary of Air Training Corps

Cadets from 2484 Bassingbourn parading in Melbourn.

Cadets from 2484 Bassingbourn parading in Melbourn. - Credit: Archant

A parade of around 250 cadets and officers marched through Melbourn on Sunday to mark the 74th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps.

A packed church service at Melbourn Parish Church after the parade.

A packed church service at Melbourn Parish Church after the parade. - Credit: Archant

Cadets from 2484 Bassingbourn lined up with other district squadrons for the parade through the village which was accompanied by a band.

The parade passed Moorlands Care Home where long-term resident Don Chinery was saluted by officers and given eyes left by the cadets to honour his wartime service in the RAF. Afterwards, a service was held in the parish church.

Cadet flight sergeant Becky Green said: “It was a great honour to be here with my squadron and parading through my home village.”

Onlooker Brenda Neaves said: “The cadets looked very smart and saluting the retired serviceman was very moving – it’s great that the community support these events.”

Cadets from 2484 Bassingbourn parading in Melbourn.

Cadets from 2484 Bassingbourn parading in Melbourn. - Credit: Archant

If you are aged between 12 and 18 and would like to join the squadron email 2484@aircadets.org for further details.