Accrington and District's air cadets, parents and staff gathered at the town's Adelaide Suite on Saturday 11th October 2014 to celebrate this year's squadron's activities and achievements. Retired Accrington Squadron Civilian Instructor Mr. Neil Collinge, now Chairman of Burnley Air Cadets Welfare Committee, was guest of honour and presented the awards to the cadets and was delighted to receive a Meritorious Award for long service to the Air Training Corps himself.
During his speech at the formal dining event, Commanding Officer, Flt Lieutenant Steve Woodburn, explained that the cadets had once again been a credit to their squadron, gaining 2nd place this year in the Lancashire and Cumbria Wing Training Day Air Cadets Competition, narrowly missing out on a repeat of last year's first place. In addition to Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold level which had been gained by individuals, the squadron this year has had three cadets, Geena Austin (18), Oliver Hebson (19) and Jak Kitchener (18), who had been successful in gaining entry to the RAF, a first in his memory.
All the cadets are looking forward to attending the town's Remembrance Day Parade next month and are planning new activities and trips for the forthcoming year.
Accrington & District 1035 Squadron Air Cadets are currently recruiting new cadets and anyone thinking of joining, male or female, age 12 to 18 are welcome to contact squadron to find out more. The Squadron are always on the lookout for adult volunteers age 20 plus , no experience is necessary as all training will be provided.
The cadets meet at Victoria Mill on Nuttall Street, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm to 9.30pm. Tel: 01254 383007 on parade nights only or check out the squadron website www.accringtonaircadets.co.uk for more details.