Longbenton Air Cadets Set for Time Travel!
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Air Cadets from Longbenton are flying back in time to 1956 when the Squadron first opened its doors to the community!
As the Air Cadet Squadron looks to celebrate its 60th birthday next year, plans are underway to mark the occasion with a host of special events; including a book of memoirs. Operation Vor will see the current youngsters travel back in time with the help of ex-members from the Squadron as well as its community members.
Cadet Emelia Ross, 15, of Killingworth, explained, “We are really excited about celebrating our Diamond Birthday. We are asking people to get in touch with their memorable stories so we can include them in a book to mark the milestone.”
Cadet Corporal Willis Thomson, 18, of Forest Hall, said, “One of the best things about Operation Vor is that it really makes you think. You can have in-depth conversations about people’s memories – both funny and sad – and spend hours discussing them.
“The stories so far are awesome and we aim to deliver them cleverly and entertainingly so that it’s a fun and truthful record of our history.”
“We don’t have a DeLorean like in Back to the Future, so we’re asking people to contact us via email@example.com with their stories,” added Willis.
Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “This project is an inventive and exciting piece of history-making.
“For almost 60 years, Longbenton Squadron has created so many memories and opportunities that if you were a member here it is impossible to forget about it.”
Gary added, “There’s still enough plutonium left in our flux capacitor to generate another 60 years of great adventures and ex-members have the opportunity to join us once again.”
Ex-Longbenton members, parents and community members have until the 30th September 2015 to tell their story and share their photos before they’re ‘outatime!’
For more information please visit the Squadron website