Message from Wg Cdr V Toth OC Dorset & Wiltshire Wing
As a result of several unexpected circumstances and in line with the ACO policy of Total Safety, the decision has been taken to cancel the parade and church service scheduled to commemorate ATC Sunday.
Even the wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of more than 300 cadets and staff from units throughout Wiltshire who paraded through Marlborough to mark ATC Sunday. It was actually a double celebration, because 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the host unit, 2293 (Marlborough) Squadron .
The parade marched along the High Street in Marlborough, led by the Officer Commanding Marlborough Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Andy Parfitt. The salute was taken by Wing Commander Vanessa Toth, Officer Commanding Dorset Wilts Wing, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Marlborough, Councillor Guy Loosmoor, and Mrs Fiona Loosmoor, and Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton. Civic Escorts included two Mace Bearers, the Beadle and the Town Crier.
The cadets and staff then attended a special
service at St Mary’s Church, followed by a reception at the Town Hall during which Cadet
Flight Sergeant Matt Cook was presented with his certificate of completion of the 12-hour powered flying course in Scotland, during which he went solo.
“ATC Sunday is always a very special day for everyone in the Air Cadet organisation” said Wing Commander Toth, “It is our
opportunity to show everyone the high standards that cadets achieve, and we were pleased to see how many members of the public turned-out to watch our parade and encourage the cadets”.