The annual parade to mark the anniversary of the Air Training Corps took place on Sunday 2 nd February in order to mark the 73 rd birthday. Being such an important event for the ATC meant that near enough 200 cadets from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing gathered in order to mark through the streets of Daventry representing the organisation in a professional and sophisticated manner.
For many of the cadets from 2504 (Archbishop Grimshaw) Squadron this was a first time experience which they thoroughly enjoyed as it gave them a chance to interact with other members of the Air Training Corps as well as taking place in a formal parade.
The wing formed up as a squad and marched behind Squadron Leader RW Foster RAFVR(T) in order to take part in a Church Service at the Parish Church of Holy Cross. The Church Service was led by the Wing Chaplain Father Neil Bayliss and included various readings as well as time to reflect on individual thoughts. During the service cadets also had the chance to renew their cadets' promise.
"I, Cadet, hereby solemnly promise on my honour to serve my Unit loyally and to be faithful to my obligations as a member of the Air Training Corps. I further promise to be a good citizen and to do my duty to God and the Queen, my Country and my Flag."
After the completion of the church service the cadets once again formed up and marched back through the town of Daventry in order to be dismissed from the parade.
After being dismissed from parade cadets, NCO's and Officers made their way to 497 (Daventry) Squadron, for refreshments and interactions, before departing for their journey home.