Pink Pagoda planted to mark ATC’s anniversary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 17 May 2016

Cadets from Honiton’s 1064 Squadron are joined by community gardeners and town councillors at the tree planting ceremony.

Cadets from Honiton’s 1064 Squadron are joined by community gardeners and town councillors at the tree planting ceremony.


To mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps (ATC), cadets from Honiton’s 1064 Squadron took part in a tree planting ceremony at The Beehive.

They were joined by the Beehive community gardeners, Honiton mayor Cllr Caroline Kolek and Honiton town councillors.

The cadets took an active part in the ceremony by taking it in turns to dig the hole big enough to plant a rowan ‘Pink Pagoda’ tree, overseen by the community gardeners. The tree will also be marked with a plaque to recognise 75 years of the ATC.

Mrs Kolek said: “It gives me great pleasure to mark the 75th anniversary of the ATC.

“The ATC offers great opportunities for our young people, whether they choose a career in the armed services or make the most of the experiences available.

“A huge thank-you to all those in Honiton who support and participate with our air cadets.”

The ATC was established in 1941 to help train young men in aviation skills before they joined the RAF to defend their country during World War Two.

Today, the ATC provides training that is useful in both the services and civilian life, and it fosters a spirit of adventure, developing the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

The ATC also promotes and encourages a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is the new patron of the RAF Air Cadets, as the new Honorary Air Commandant. There are an estimated two million UK citizens that are either former air cadets or associated with the ATC and RAF.

Flt Lt Justin Felice said: “If you are aged between 12 and 20 years old, up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends, then the RAF Air Cadets could be just the thing you are looking for.

“We’re sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.”

Honiton Air Cadets operates on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm. For further information, please contact us at

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