We’re on the up!
That’s the message from the Blackpool North Squadron of the Air Training Corps which is looking ahead to a brighter future.
The group has just taken possession of a new standard after Greenlands councillors Chris Ryan and Christine Wright contributed £350 from their ward budget towards the cost of the parade banner.
And after a period of uncertainty, the group is now firmly established at its new base alongside Bispham High School on Bispham Road.
Now they are looking for new members to join them.
The squadron’s commander Flight Lieutenant Andy Browell said: “We were homeless for six months after having to move from our previous base at Unity High School, but we have now leased a plot of land from the council on the corner of Bispham High School.
“We are delighted with the new standard which we will start parading at functions like Remembrance Day and the Battle of Britain Parade.
“We have 23 cadets at the moment, boys and girls, aged from 13 to 20 and we are looking to build numbers up.
“It is good preparation for anyone wanting to join the RAF, or any of the services, but it’s also a good background for other careers.”
Cadets take part in aviation and adventure training including activities such as gliding, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.
Closer to home they are involved in voluntary projects including volunteering at the Rock Gardens on Devonshire Road.
Coun Wright said: “We were very pleased to welcome them to Greenlands because of all the valuable services they provide for the young people in the north of Blackpool.
“We believe they help and support their cadets to become well rounded and confident individuals and in some cases can lead to a career in the Air force or make them ready for the workplace.
“So anything we can do to support the squadron we will if possible.”
Anyone interested in joining the group should call (01253) 354670 on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 7.15pm and 9.30pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blackpool’s other Air Training Corps is the Blackpool Airport Squadron.