Cadets fly high at celebration

Squadron 2366
Squadron 2366

AIR cadets past and present gathered for three days of golden jubilee festivities to mark a special 50th anniversary.

The events were held last weekend to celebrate 50 years since the foundation of 2366 Squadron which is now based at the historical Bletchley Park.

The celebrations kicked off in spectacular fashion on Friday with a special twilight parade attended by members of West Bletchley Council who had generously met the cost of a new squadron colour.

On Saturday members and guests celebrated with a party before the climax of the celebrations on Sunday.

Staff, cadets and their families were joined at St Mary’s Church, Bletchley, by civic leaders including Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Alan Richards, Deputy Lieutenant the Honorable Richard Godber, and parish pouncillors.

There they reflected on the squadron’s history and spoke about the best ways they could take the group forward in the future.

Herts & Bucks Wing Chaplain, Major David Kidd from the Salvation Army, dedicated the new colour to the squadron which was then presented to Cadet Sergeant Moore by the Mayor.

The Air Training Corps prayer was then read by Cadet Corporal Chloe Pennicott, who was specially chosen to do the honours.

The squadron’s old colours were then ceremonially laid up before the Chaplain, the Reverend Chris Hicken, enrolled 11 keen new cadets.

The congregation then enjoyed refreshments which were laid on by the Civilian Committee and Olney Brass, who had earlier provided the background for the colour presentation, and continued to entertain led by Major Ed Keeley.