Holbeach’s own air cadet squadron – correctly known as 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron RAF Air Cadets – has just celebrated 50 years as an independent squadron.
There have been air cadets in Holbeach since 1941, but as part of the Spalding squadron. Holbeach moved to its headquarters in Church Street in 1964 and became 2430 Squadron 50 years ago this year.
To celebrate the golden anniversary the squadron wanted a big event. Squadron president, former Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Tony Worth and his wife Jenny offered their garden as the venue. The idea for the garden party was driven by squadron fundraising officer Milly Miles Stark.
Committee chairman Jeff Goodley said: “It was Milly’s idea and she was the driving force behind the whole thing, it took a lot of work from the entire committee and staff team to make it the success it was.”
More than 175 people attended, including current and former cadets, parents, staff and committee members. VIP guests included local councillors and community leaders, all of whom have either donated funds or benefited the squadron in other ways.
Flt Lt Dave Suddards, the present Officer Commanding, said it was a great day.