Air Cadets Join Vets for VE Day Celebration!
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Air Cadets joined veterans and dignitaries to mark VE Day.
70 years ago there was joy across nation. People began to have fun and enjoyed a celebration as the war in Europe had been won.
70 years on, North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, held a party that rekindled the wave of euphoria that swept the nation at the council’s Cobalt offices.
Air Cadets from Longbenton were proud to join veterans from the Second World War and those who were children that either lived in the Borough during the war or were evacuated.
“It was a great afternoon and we got to say thank you those who fought and suffered for our freedom,” said 13-year old Edward Clasper.
“We were chatting to two women who were in the WAAF. One was 94 and the other 95!
“The 95 year-old served at RAF Longbenton and she was telling us stories about the old station which is where our Squadron is still based.”
“I can’t really imagine what it would have been like back then and I never knew that Longbenton played an important role in winning the war. It was like a live history lesson!” said Edward.
The Elected Mayor treated the party-goers with a 1945 ration meal and live music from local band Miss Mary and the Mr. Rights.
Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “It was great to see the cadets talking with the veterans, asking questions and taking the opportunity to learn about their history.”
RAF Longbenton was a barrage balloon base during the Second World War and also worked with new radar equipment.
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above.
For more information please visit the Squadron website