Cadets help mark RAF centenary

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Hundreds of air cadets from across the North East, including Northumberland, paraded against the stunning backdrop of Durham Cathedral last Saturday to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

The 350 young cadets, including those from 404 (Morpeth) Squadron, stood shoulder to shoulder with serving RAF personnel, reservists, Air Training Corps staff and veterans, as they celebrated the anniversary.

The cadets, drawn from across the Durham/Northumberland Wing of the ATC, were also joined by dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenants of Durham and Tyne and Wear, and Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston, CBE, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, whose arrival in the city coincided with a commemorative flypast by a Spitfire.

Spectators gathered on Palace Green to watch the 500-strong RAF100 parade, led by the Durham/Northumberland Wing Band.

A service of thanksgiving was held in Durham Cathedral.

The parade culminated in an inspection, salute and march past.

Wing Commander Dave Harris, Officer Commanding Durham/Northumberland Wing, said he was proud so many cadets had taken part in marking the 100 th anniversary of the creation of the RAF, further cementing the link between the parent service and the Air Training Corps.