Air cadet squadrons gather across region for Air Training Corps’ 75th anniversary

Special service held at St Margaret's Church, Lowestoft to mark the 75th anniversary of RAF Air Cade

Special service held at St Margaret's Church, Lowestoft to mark the 75th anniversary of RAF Air Cadets. Six local squadrons; 469 Lowestoft Squadron, 221 Great Yarmouth Squadron, 759 Beccles Squadron, 1070 Diss Squadron, 1986 Wymondham Squadron and 2356 Caister Squadron in attendance.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The ATC, which is affiliated to the Royal Air Force, was the first of its type in the world when it was formed on February 5, 1941.

The ATC, which is affiliated to the Royal Air Force, was the first of its type in the world when it was formed on February 5, 1941.

And to celebrate reaching three quarters of a century, the 29 squadrons based in Norfolk and Suffolk gathered among five parades across the two counties.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the services which were held today, in Lowestoft, Swaffham, North Walsham, Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe.

In Lowestoft - around 200 people turned out at St Margaret's Church where squadrons 221 (Great Yarmouth), 469 (Lowestoft), 759 (Beccles), 1070 (Diss), 1986 (Wymondham) and 2356 (Caister) were all in attendance.

In North Walsham - cadets and staff paraded through Farman Avenue to Parish Church, will the parade salute taking place in the market place. Squadrons in attendance were 222 (Broadland), 231 (Norwich), 1249 (Dereham), 1895 (Cromer), 2110 (North Walsham) and 1132 (Stalham)

In Swaffham - the cadets and staff paraded from the TA Centre to the Parish church. Squadrons in attendance were 42F(Kings Lynn), 864DF (Marham), 864(Watton), 1018 (Downham Market), 1109 (Thetford), 1894 (Swaffham) and 2534 (Fakenham)

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In Felixstowe - the cadets and staff paraded through the town centre to St John's Church. Squadrons in attendance were 188 (Ipswich), 356 (Felixstowe), 432(Woodbridge), 1287 (Wattisham), 1334 (Manningtree) and 1379 (Leiston)

In Bury St Edmunds - the cadets and staff paraded from Abbey Gardens through to St Marys Church. Squadrons in attendence were 301, 863 (Thurston), 1331(Stowmarket) and 2470 (Sudbury).

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