Flying the flag for Whitby

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LOCAL air cadets are now flying the flag for Whitby after years of being the only squadron to turn up at parades without one.

A service of dedication for the first banner for the 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps was held on Sunday.

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It was followed by a parade through the streets of Whitby fronted by the young cadets and colleagues from 2394 (East Cleveland) Squadron and 739 (Scarborough) Squadron.

The Bishop of Whitby, Dr Martin Warner led the service at St Hilda’s Church on West Cliff which was also attended by Air Commodore Gambold, local MP Robert Goodwill, the Mayor of Scarborough Hazel Lynskey and Whitby town mayor, Coun Terry Jennison along with various RAF and Air Cadet organisation officers, civic guests and parents and friends of the Squadron.

Martyn Marsh, squadron commander, said the oversight was because the Whitby squadron used to be part of the 2394 (East Cleveland) brigade and later 739 (Scarborough).

He said: “Ten years ago 740 (Whitby) became a squadron in its own right and never got a banner.

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“When I took over last January that is one of the first things I put on the checklist to be corrected.

“The banner is the sole of a unit or squadron. We went to parades in the county and the region and were the only squadron without a banner, so that has now been corrected.”

There were over 100 cadets parading through the streets of Whitby on Sunday much to the delight of onlookers.

Over 30 were from the Whitby squadron who were accompanied by cadets from the East Cleveland and Scarborough contingents.

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F/Sgt Marsh added: “It was everything I hoped it would be. It was an extremely good day, the sun shone and a few extra people turned out and were quite surprised to see a parade going through Whitby.

“I have had some extremely complimentary remarks about the cadets and the organisation.”

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