Air Cadets 75th anniversary torch relay

Yesterday (24 August 2016) a ceremonial torch celebrating the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets Air Training Corps arrived in Jersey Airport as part of a six-week relay throughout the British Isles.

The relay is one of many events to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets and will see the torch travel from John O'Groats to Land's End, taking in over 300 locations including the Channel Islands. After sunrise at Stonehenge, Wing Commander Vanessa Toth carried the torch to Jersey Airport with the help of Flybe franchise partner Blue Islands, where it was met by local members of the 7 Overseas (Jersey) Squadron, members of Victoria College Combined Cadet Force and visiting Air Cadets from Nailsea, near Bristol.

Flight Lieutenant Leighton Jenkins RAF VR(T) said: "Courtesy of Blue Islands the torch landed in Jersey and was passed to Tara McCarthy of the 7 Overseas (Jersey) Squadron. The Cadets then embarked on an exciting range of activities including visiting the Minquiers, the most southerly point in the British Isles!"

Rob Veron, Blue Islands' Managing Director said: "We are delighted Blue Islands could play a small part in this historic torch relay for an organisation that provides amazing experiences for young people and promotes aviation."

The Air Training Corps is a national uniformed youth organisation with over 40,000 members for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 20. With a strong aviation theme, young people take part in activities that encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.