Cadets mark 70 years of flying high

Celebrating 70 years of the Air Cadet organisation with members of the Morpeth Air Cadets are: front row - L to R:- Flt Lt John Lever, Commanding Officer (CO) 1993 to 1997, Sqn Ldr Maureen Ritson, CO 1999 to 2000, Mayor of Morpeth Coun Ken Brown, Flt Lt Bob Donothey, CO 2002 to date, Rev Ron Forster, Flt Lt George Brown, CO 1978 to 1988, Flt Lt Ken Burns, CO 1988 to 1993..
Celebrating 70 years of the Air Cadet organisation with members of the Morpeth Air Cadets are: front row - L to R:- Flt Lt John Lever, Commanding Officer (CO) 1993 to 1997, Sqn Ldr Maureen Ritson, CO 1999 to 2000, Mayor of Morpeth Coun Ken Brown, Flt Lt Bob Donothey, CO 2002 to date, Rev Ron Forster, Flt Lt George Brown, CO 1978 to 1988, Flt Lt Ken Burns, CO 1988 to 1993..

MORPETH Air Cadets packed a town church on Sunday to celebrate the organisation’s 70th anniversary.

A service was given by the 404 Squadron’s Padre, the Rev Ron Forster, at St George’s United Reformed Church and four previous Squadron Commanders attended, as well as the Mayor of Morpeth Ken Brown.

The present Squadron Commander Bob Donothey said: “I was very pleased with the turnout for the service and to have the previous commanders present was a great bonus.”

Coun Brown was impressed with the cadets and said they had always represented their squadron in a commendable way.

During the service, the Mayor presented a trophy to the squadron’s cross country team, which took first place out of 35 entrants in an inter-squadron competition in January.

Cadet Sergeant Charlotte Young said: “It was an exciting event and winning overall was a huge achievement for us.

“We are able to do lots of activities like this where we can work as a team and either take part in competitions, or achieve something as individuals like flying and gliding or doing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”

The Air Training Corps was formed in 1941 to train young people for entry into the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Since then the ATC has changed considerably and although no longer a recruiting organisation for the RAF, they still maintain close links. Today, activities such as flying, gliding, target shooting, athletics and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme are available to all cadets.

Morpeth Air Cadets is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 18. For more information call in at squadron headquarters off Gas House Lane on Mondays and Thursdays, between 7pm and 9.15pm, or call 01670 518614.