Air cadets recreate history

PUBLISHED: 09:13 16 May 2012

The royal parade in Torquay in 1942.

The royal parade in Torquay in 1942.

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Members of the 1064 Honiton Squadron of the Air Training Corps joined cadets to parade through Torquay.

Air cadets from Honiton helped to recreate a moment in history during a special march in Torquay as members of the corps past and present come together.

Members of the 1064 Honiton Squadron of the Air Training Corps joined cadets from across the South West to parade through Torquay.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester recreated the moment when King George VI took a salute in 1942 during a wartime visit to the town with his wife, Queen Elizabeth.

The cadets followed the original 1942 route which was taken by RAF airmen and the newly formed Air Training Corps during the war.

A number of those veterans and ex-cadets who took part in the original march were in attendance.

During his visit, the Duke of Gloucester also carried out an inspection of the cadets and took the opportunity to speak with them about their experiences and the training they receive.

Wing media communications officer for Devon and Somerset Air Cadets Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe said: “The cadets put on a fantastic parade today to mark the anniversary of the previous royal visit.

“This has been a memorable day for all the veterans and current members of the ATC.”


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