Cadets don’t have to wing it any more

From L to R Cdts Drew Williams, Alice Earle, Fraser Gasgoine, Tom Purvis, Ben Ingledew, Nick Mawdesley, Bridget Donaldson, Ashley Davies, Jan Elliott (Owen Pugh), Sqn Commander Bob Donothey, Cdts David Whittle, Lewis Tonothey, James Morris, Freddie Bowles, Alex Sikkink, Ellie Hastie, Jack Soulsby and Instructor George Brown
From L to R Cdts Drew Williams, Alice Earle, Fraser Gasgoine, Tom Purvis, Ben Ingledew, Nick Mawdesley, Bridget Donaldson, Ashley Davies, Jan Elliott (Owen Pugh), Sqn Commander Bob Donothey, Cdts David Whittle, Lewis Tonothey, James Morris, Freddie Bowles, Alex Sikkink, Ellie Hastie, Jack Soulsby and Instructor George Brown

AIR cadets may have a passion for planes, but they are just as excited about their new form of transport.

For Morpeth Air Cadet Squadron is now hitting the road in its own minibus.

The second-hand vehicle was bought from another squadron and it is proving invaluable to the group, enabling members to travel to events and activities around the region.

Trips to an indoor climbing facility in Sunderland, hiking in the Cheviots, visiting the Sunderland Air Show and kayaking at Chester-le-Street have all been possible since the group took on the bus.

And it is also helping cadets to reach for the skies, allowing an increasing number of them to travel to flying centres.

Cadet Sergeant Alice Earle said: “We can now take a lot more cadets to events and competitions than we did previously and I believe this helped us to win the recent Wing Cross Country competition against 34 other squadrons.”

Local business Owen Pugh has offered its support with the maintenance and servicing of the vehicle.

The company’s Training Development Manager Jan Elliott said: “The company places great importance on supporting local groups such as the air cadets and the work they do with young people.

“We look forward to a long association with them.”

Squadron Commander Flt Lt Bob Donothey has welcomed the offer.

“This is a huge benefit to us, knowing the vehicle is being looked after in a professional manner by a reputable local firm,” he said.

Air cadets offer a range of activities and opportunities for young people from the age of 13. They include the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, BTEC awards in aeronautics, public service and music, flying, gliding, hiking, climbing, camping and target shooting.

The Morpeth squadron parades at its premises in Gas House Lane on Mondays and Thursdays, from 7pm to 9.15pm.

Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to go along on any parade night.