Air cadets from Central and East Yorkshire Wing ATC Road Marching Team recently joined the RAF100 Baton Relay on the Yorkshire leg of its 100 day journey.
The team were delighted to be invited by 34 Squadron RAF Regiment to join them on the march from RAF Topcliffe to RAF Dishforth in North Yorkshire, a distance of 16 miles.
On one section of the march, the baton was carried by Cadet Warrant Officer Eleanor Parry of 1324 (Hawker Blackburn) Squadron who commented “It was a huge honour for me to take part in the RAF 100 celebrations”.
A rest stop was scheduled at St Oswalds Church in Sowerby where the bells were rung 100 times to honour the event.
Corporal Zak Sturdy of 1323 (Ryedale) Squadron ATC said of the opportunity -”It was a privilege to be able to support the Royal Air Force in their RAF100 celebrations, and to do it in such a way was exciting. The RAF Regiment were brilliant, but the pace they set was a lot quicker than what we are used to, so it was very tiring. It gave us a good opportunity to prepare for the Nijmegen Marches later this year.”
The relay was launched on 1 April, one hundred years since the formation of the Royal Air Force, and is currently making its 100 day journey around the country.
The baton features the RAF crest and RAF100 logo and was designed by young RAF recruits using materials that symbolise aircraft construction through the ages. Follow the baton’s journey on Twitter @RAFBatonRelay
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Report courtesy of FS Colin Bell, Media Communications Officer, Central & East Yorkshire Wing Air Training Corps
Images taken by Cadet Corporal Zak Sturdy, 1323 (Ryedale) Sqn ATC
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