Members of Number 1 Welsh Wing Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) have kicked off the summer sports calendar with their inter-squadron athletics competition at Cardiff’s Leckwith stadium.
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Youngsters from North Wales have returned from a Cadet Tri-Service commemorative visit to France and Belgium.
Members of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Army Cadet Forces (ACF), Aberconwy and Rhyl Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), 418 (Aberconwy) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) and a civic delegation embarked on the annual trip.
During the visit, the Cadets took part Acts of Remembrance in the cemetery of Wormhout, the town which is twinned with Llandudno, where crosses were laid at individual graves.
The Cadets also visited the memorial site of La Plaine au Bois, which stands in remembrance of those soldiers, several of whom came from Llandudno, from The Royal Artillery, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and The Cheshire Regiment.
Those soldiers were slain by troops of the SS Leibstandarte in and around a barn which stood on the site on 28 May 1940. A barn, based on the original building, has been recreated and stands as a monument to the memory of those men who died on that day.
The Cadets, along with the Mayors of Esquelbecq and Llandudno, held a short act of remembrance and wreath laying, also visiting the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Cemetery sites in Belgium.
After the final parade, the Cadets attended a civic event hosted by the Mayors of Wormhout and Llandudno and the Joint Twinning Committee. The Mayor of Llandudno Cllr Francis Davies thanked the Cadets for their efforts adding they are a credit to their services and to North Wales.
Cllr Greg Robbins, Chairman of the Llandudno Town Twinning Committee, said: “The Cadets were magnificent, a real credit to their units and superb representatives of the town and of the quality of young people that being a Cadet fosters. We look forward to them joining the trip again next year as it is greatly appreciated by the French Dignitaries and townspeople.”
Colour Sergeant Mark Palethorpe, from Colwyn Bay, said: “It was a honour to represent the Army Cadet Force to take part in the Remembrance of the Massacre at Wormhout.
“Working with the Air Training Corp and the Sea Cadets was a new exciting experience and all the Cadets from all services worked well together in the spirit of representing all three services.”
(Wednesday 12 July 2017)
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