Cadets head back in time for anniversary

Longbenton Air Cadets receiving their Freedom of the Borough from North Tyneside Council last year.
Longbenton Air Cadets receiving their Freedom of the Borough from North Tyneside Council last year.

Young air cadets are flying back in time to help their group celebrate an anniversary.

Longbenton Air Cadets will mark the 60th anniversary next year with a host of special events, including a book of memoirs.

Operation Vor will see the current youngsters ‘travel back to 1956’ with the help of ex-members.

Cadet Emelia Ross, 15, of Killingworth, said: “We are really excited about celebrating our diamond birthday.

“We are asking people to get in touch with their memorable stories so we can include them in a book to mark the milestone.”

Cadet Corporal Willis Thomson, 18, of Forest Hall, said: “One of the best things about Operation Vor is that it really makes you think.

“The stories so far are awesome and we aim to deliver them cleverly and entertainingly.”

Anyone with old stories or memories should email info@2344.org.uk

Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “This project is an inventive and exciting piece of history-making.

“For almost 60 years, Longbenton Squadron has created so many memories and opportunities that if you were a member here it is impossible to forget about it.”

Ex-Longbenton members, parents and community members have until September 30, to tell their story.