Wiltshire Cadets On Parade For ATC Sunday

Parading through Marlborough
Parading through Marlborough

Even the wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of more than 300 cadets and staff from units throughout Wiltshire who paraded through Marlborough to mark ATC Sunday.  It was actually a double celebration, because 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the host unit, 2293 (Marlborough) Squadron .

The parade marched along the High Street in Marlborough, led by the Officer Commanding Marlborough Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Andy Parfitt.  The salute was taken by Wing Commander Vanessa Toth, Officer Commanding Dorset Wilts Wing, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Marlborough, Councillor Guy Loosmoor, and Mrs Fiona Loosmoor, and Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton.  Civic Escorts included two Mace Bearers, the Beadle and the Town Crier.

Flight Sergeant Matt Cook was presented with his certificate
Flight Sergeant Matt Cook was presented with his certificate

 The cadets and staff then attended a special
service at St Mary’s Church, followed by a reception at the Town Hall during which Cadet
Flight Sergeant Matt Cook was presented with his certificate of completion of the 12-hour powered flying course in Scotland, during which he went solo.

 “ATC Sunday is always a very special day for everyone in the Air Cadet organisation” said Wing Commander Toth, “It is our

was taken by Wing Commander Vanessa Toth, Officer Commanding Dorset Wilts Wing, the Mayor of Marlborough, Councillor Guy Loosmoor, Mrs Fiona Loosmoor and Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton
The salute

opportunity to show everyone the high standards that cadets achieve, and we were pleased to see how many members of the public turned-out to watch our parade and encourage the cadets”.