Easingwold Air Cadets are 50!


Two commanding officers came together to bridge the generations of a Yorkshire air cadet squadron and to celebrate 50 years since it was created.

Wing Commander Ray Kidd OBE was the first ever commanding officer of Easingwold Squadron and was instrumental in transforming the unit from an offshoot of nearby Thirsk Squadron to a Squadron in its own right in July 1969.

He is pictured with the current commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Carl Alsop with whom he was presented with a special plaque of appreciation by the Mayor of Easingwold, Councillor Peter Nottage, at a special commemoration parade in the town.

A vibrant and well-run unit

“When I first became commander of Easingwold Squadron I was impressed to see such a vibrant and well-run unit, a trait that it still has today,” said Ray Kidd.

“It has been my privilege to serve the squadron in various capacities over the years and to see it continue to flourish makes me extremely proud.”

The three were joined by cadets and dignitaries from across the area to celebrate the special anniversary with the people of Easingwold.

Carl Alsop said: “The day took a lot of hard work to put together but was worth all of the effort.

“It was fantastic that so many people turned up to celebrate with us. To have Ray there made the occasion extra special. 50 years on and the squadron continues to go from strength to strength

RFCA Chairman guest of honour

Pictured above left is Chairman of the RFCA for Yorkshire and The Humber, Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE DL, who was guest of honour for the occasion he said: “I was thrilled to be part of the Easingwold at 50 celebrations.

“The Air Training Corps offers an enormous range of opportunities to young people in our region. I attended Easingwold Squadron’s 40th anniversary parade and expect to see the Squadron flourish over the next 10 years. 

“Whilst times may have changed over the last five decades, the enduring dedication and commitment of cadets and volunteers alike remains unchanged.”

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