Grantham cadets pay tribute to heroes of air battle

Grantham air cadets on Battle of Britain day
Grantham air cadets on Battle of Britain day
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More than 40 members of Grantham’s air cadets squadron marked Battle of Britain Day with a ceremony at St Wulfram’s Church on Monday evening.

The cadets formed a guard of honour as a wreath was laid at the war memorial at the parish curch by chairman of Grantham Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Grp Capt Don Hiller (retd).

The Last Post was played, followed by two minutes’ silence and the rector Stuart Cradduck conducted a service.

Joining the cadets were ten members of the squadron’s staff and mayor of Grantham, Coun Ian Selby.

Battle of Britain Day marks the anniversary of the turning point in the RAF’s epic struggle over Southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940.

The date is a focus for the Wings Appeal, which raises money to help RAF veterans and their dependants and also injured serving airmen and women.

The Grantham cadets have been collecting donations alongside RAFA members at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Grantham and they will be out on the streets of the town on Saturday for four hours with collecting tins..

Commanding officer of Squadron 47F Grantham Air Cadets, Flt Liet Paul James said people were generous in their support this year.

He said: “The Wings Appeal collections are going very well this year and I think this is because the RAF has been in the news recently for its role around the world and because of the anniversaries of the First World war and the D-Day landings.

“And, of course, the RAF has a special connection to our area.”

Meanwhile, the Grantham squadron, which was set up in 1941 and has the honour of being a founder member of the Air Training Corps, has enjoyed a surge in membership recently, and now has almost 90 cadets on its books.