Cadets help pass on Games baton

Longbenton Air Cadets with Jonathan Edwards and the Queens Baton.

Longbenton Air Cadets with Jonathan Edwards and the Queens Baton.

Young cadets helped give a baton a royal welcome as it made its way through Tyneside.

Longbenton Air Cadets were on parade for the Queen’s Baton Relay as part of the build up for the Commonwealth Games, forming a Guard of Honour at the Walker Activity Dome in Newcastle.

The squadron band performed its ‘Queen’s Message’ repertoire as Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards carried the Baton in the Dome.

The baton has visited 70 nations and is travelling around the UK before reaching Glasgow on July 23.

Cadet Alexander Findlay, 15, of Holystone, said: “I was nervous knowing I had to greet the Baton, with the Commonwealth watching, but there was a great atmosphere. I’ll never forget being on parade.”

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said: “The youngsters have clearly enjoyed every moment of the occasion whilst performing their duties with impeccable precision and confidence and it was great to see some of the school children join the Guard of Honour and play in the band.”

Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members aged 13 to 18. For more information visit www.2344.org.uk




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