Barry Air Cadets honour The Few

Sunday, 17 September 2017

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in Local People

Air Cadets from 372 (Barry) Squadron were proudly on parade at the Memorial Hall cenotaph and at MoD St Athan, to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Battle of Britain Sunday commemorates the victory won by the Royal Air Force, which saved Britain from invasion in 1940; when Winston Churchill said these immortal words “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

The Air Cadets formed an honour guard at the cenotaph and were by joined members of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), former military personnel, and the public. The service was conducted by Father Ben Andrews and RAFA branch chairman, Mr Terry McKeown. The last post was played which was then followed by a two-minute silence.

Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by Morfudd Meredith (Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan), Jane Hutt (Welsh Assembly Member), Coun Janice Charles, Mayor of the Vale, Keith Harris (Royal British Legion) and Flight Lieutenant Jason Horton.

Then in the afternoon, the Barry Air Cadets were again proudly on parade along with 50 Air Cadets from around south Wales and 100 airmen from MoD St Athan.

Squadron Leader Gareth Thomas commented, “that the Air Cadets did themselves proud today, representing the Royal Air Force on this occasion and are a shining example of the youth in our community.”

The Air Cadets also undertake many other exciting activities outside of ceremonial parades including flying, gliding, adventure training, shooting, sport, field craft, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, expeditions and visits to RAF Stations around the United Kingdom.

The Cadets are eagerly looking forward to their forthcoming trip to the battlefields and memorials of Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme (France).

If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 12 (and in school year 8) -17 years old. The Squadron parade on Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm behind Adams Funeral Parlour on Gladstone Road (by the Memorial Hall) or you can contact the Squadron on 07936 491226, email oc.372@aircadets.org.uk or visit www.372 squadron.org.uk for more information about becoming an Air Cadet.

JH

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