50 years of air cadets

Air Cadets anniversary garden party
Air Cadets anniversary garden party

Holbeach Air Cadets have just celebrated 50 years as an

independent squadron.

Air Cadets anniversary garden party

Air Cadets anniversary garden party

There have been air cadets in the town since 1941, but as part of the Spalding Squadron.

They moved to their headquarters in Church Street in 1964 and became 2430 Squadron 50 years ago.

To celebrate their Golden Anniversary the squadron decided that a big event was needed and Squadron president, former Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth, and his wife Jenny, offered their garden as the venue.

The idea for the garden party was driven by Squadron fundraising officer Milly Miles Stark.

Committee chairman Jeff Goodley said: “Milly was the driving force behind the whole thing. It took a lot of work from the entire committee and staff to make it the success it was.”

Over 175 people attended the party, and guests included current and former cadets, parents, staff and committee members. VIP guests included local councillors and community leaders, all of whom have either donated funds or benefited the squadron in other ways.

Before the hog roast was served, guests witnessed a formal parade of the squadron, the dedication of a new banner and the enrolment of new cadets by Squadron 
padre, Methodist lay preacher, Keith Locke.

There were also static displays of squadron activities and history. Current cadets also demonstrated some of their training skills.

Mr and Mrs Worth were presented with a thank you gift and flowers before Tony spoke about the good work carried out by the squadron staff and other local cadet and youth organisations. He also stressed the need for more adult volunteers.

Fight Lieutenant Dave Suddards, the present officer commanding, said: “It was a great day and the committee did a fantastic job putting everything together. Tony and Jenny’s garden was a wonderful location. I would like to thank them for their generosity.”

RAF Air Cadets is for anyone aged 12 in year 8 until 18 and there are opportunities for adult volunteers. Anyone interested in joining should leave a voicemail on 01406 422883, or email oc.2430@aircadets.org