Air cadets celebrate their 75th anniversary

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More than 800 Lancashire cadets lined Blackpool’s promenade to celebrate the Air Training Cadets’ 75th anniversary.

Starting with a church service at Sacred Heart Church on Talbot Road, squadrons from across Lancashire and Cumbria marched to the north pier war memorial.

Air Cadets from across the North West gathered at Blackpool cenotaph for a parade to mark the military group's 75th anniversary.

Air Cadets from across the North West gathered at Blackpool cenotaph for a parade to mark the military group's 75th anniversary.

The event, which took place on Sunday, included the Bamber Bridge squadron, ended with a parade to The Winter Gardens.

Brian White, a flight lieutenant for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and media communications officer, said: “The day went really well apart from contending with the wind. The parade had youngsters from 12 to 19-year-olds and there were lots of people watching on. It was quite a spectacle, 800 cadets in uniform matching across Blackpool.”

The parade happens across different towns and cities every two years ever since The Air Training Corps (ATC) was officially established by the issue of a Royal Warrant setting out the Corps’ aims by King George VI on February 5, 1941.