Cadets from Brentwood School’s RAF Section took a pivotal role in yesterday’s celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Training Corps.
Under the watchful eye of the organisation’s Honorary Air Commandant Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, the RAF cadets proved the perfect ambassadors for the School’s Combined Cadet Force.
The Brentwood cadets were honoured to have been invited take part in the Guard of Honour in central London, and a special reception at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Sqn Ldr Singh, heading up the Brentwood RAF Section, told the cadets afterwards: “You were absolutely fantastic today, extremely well turned out and a credit to yourselves, the School and more importantly the CCF (RAF) organisation.”
More praise was heaped on the Brentwood cadets from other senior officers, and CCF Area Officer, Sqn Ldr Keeton, said: “We are honoured to have you as ambassadors for the CCF.”
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the Strand to greet the Duchess who was marking her first engagement as patron of the RAF Air Cadets since her appointment last year. As well as learning more about the organisation’s work and activities, she met a selection of cadets, veterans and adult volunteers.
The RAF Air Cadets, which is made up of the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections within combined cadet forces, promote a practical interest in aviation among both young men and women, providing training and encouraging the development of life skills including leadership and teamwork.
The ATC was first established in 1941 during the Second World War, with the aim to train young men in aviation skills before they joined the RAF. This year will mark 75 years since its formation, as well as the formation of a number of sections of the CCF. Brentwood School is proud to have the largest CCF in the country.
Lower Sixth student Sofia Hammond; Fourth Year Tara Jones and Fifth Year Harinder Prasad were all photographed (courtesy of Press Association Images) with The Duchess of Cambridge.
The School’s RAF cadets also met and were photographed with TV personality Carol Vorderman who is the first female honorary Group Captain Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets.