Corby cadets celebrate 50th anniversary

Squadron celebrates its 50th anniversary
Squadron celebrates its 50th anniversary

Celebrations were held to mark the 50th anniversary of the 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force air cadets.

The squadron marched from its headquarters in St Mark’s Road to St John the Baptist Church in Corby Old Village along with squadrons 1101 (Kettering & District) and 1084 (Market Harborough), whose band led the parade.

Family and friends joined them for a service at the church where the Corby squadron lodged its old banner after 25 years service and a new banner was dedicated and blessed by Wing Chaplain, the Rev Robert Hill.

Also at the ceremony were the deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire Betty Wade, deputy mayor of Corby, Cllr Anthony Dady, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, and Squadron Leader Matthew Hopton from RAF Wittering.

Officer in Charge at 422 (Corby) Squadron, Pilot Officer Kevin Ritchie, said “The squadron was grateful to the Rev Paul Frost and the church for allowing the service to take place. I would also like to thank our squadron president, Squadron Leader George Brady, and Corby Council for its kind donation towards the hew banner.

“It is appropriate that we mark such events in this way and the cadets can be very proud of themselves for representing their squadron to such a high standard.”