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Letter From an Ex-Cadet

2016-03-05 21:27:30
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By Brian Cottam

February 21 marked the 75th anniversary of the formation of 1127 (Kendal) Squadron Air Training Corps.

I am a founder member, having enrolled as a 16-year-old cadet in 1941 in Kendal Town Hall and very proud the squadron is still going strong after all these years.

This is due to a succession of commanding officers, senior staff and instructors, supported by a civilian committee. These people have voluntarily given their time to train the cadets to a high standard and are a credit to Kendal.

In recent years I have been invited with my friend Arnold Crossley, who is also a founder member and ex-chairman of the ATC civilian committee, to the squadron's annual dinner and awards night. Both of us served in The Royal Air Force during World War Two, Arnold as a pilot and myself, a wireless operator.

We have been impressed with the smart turn-out, skills and enthusiasm of the cadets (boys and girls), now under the leadership of the officer in charge F/O Tim Corry, who has succeeded F/Lt Simon Walton.

Congratulations to 1127 (Kendal) Squadron ATC on their 75th anniversary and long may they continue their proud tradition.

Brian Cottam

Kendal

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