THE MAYOR of Whitby, Coun Terry Jennison visited the local Air Cadets section in his first role as Squadron president.
He inspected members of the 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps and began discussions as to what his new role - with the backing of Whitby Town Council - will involve.
Coun Jennison was accompanied on his visit by deputy town clerk and civic officer Anne Cowey.
His involvement with the Air Cadets will be included within his mayoral duties as part of the town council’s commitment to the youngsters of the area.
During his visit Coun Jennison learned about the role the cadets play in the community, including when they formed an Honour Guard at a civic event at Sneaton Castle, and how much self confidence they gain.
During their time in the Corps taking part in various activities such as shooting, field craft, flying, gliding, camps and adventure training the youngsters can gain BTECs which can be equivalent to six or more grade A* to C GCSEs.
Following the Mayor’s visit Sgt Martyn Marsh said: “Where else can you have the opportunity to pilot an aircraft at 16, a year before you can legally drive a car?
“The visit was undertaken to improve knowledge on both sides of how this collaboration can benefit the squadron, the town council, and local community. “Following the meeting, it is believed there will be many events where 740 (Whitby) Squadron will be able to support the Town Council and the community, and the Town Council to show its support of 740 Squadron and the youth of the area.”
For further information on 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Training Corps see www.whitbyaircadets.co.uk