Old cadet HQ hosts final parade

PUBLISHED: 10:10 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 April 2016

Members of Exmouth Air Cadets, 299 Squadron, parade at their old headquarters for the final time.

Members of Exmouth Air Cadets, 299 Squadron, parade at their old headquarters for the final time.

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It’s the end of an era for an Exmouth youth organisation, which has left its old headquarters for the final time ahead of its redevelopment.

Flight Sergeant Will Murley, Flight Lieutenant Rich Bagnall, Fighlt Sergeant Steve Toomey and Terry Knights at the final Exmouth Air Cadets parade at the group's old headquarters.Flight Sergeant Will Murley, Flight Lieutenant Rich Bagnall, Fighlt Sergeant Steve Toomey and Terry Knights at the final Exmouth Air Cadets parade at the group's old headquarters.

Exmouth Air Cadets has been using its current building at the top of Phear Park since 1976, but has now moved out to allow it to be replaced with a new, purpose-built facility, including a 25-metre firing range, parade hall and new classrooms.

A special evening was held to mark the departure from the old facility, with senior instructor Terry Knights, the commanding officer when it was opened, the final person out through the gates in the final parade. Flight Lieutenant Richard Bagnall, the current commanding officer, led the cadets out in a ceremonial march, with Terry bringing up the rear before the Ensign was lowered for the final time.

Exmouth Air Cadets’ Rob Hoe said: “The building holds many memories for both staff and cadets, especially considering the Air Cadet organisation has recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with ex-cadets from the past decades returning to celebrate the occasion.”

The cadets are continuing to meet at Exmouth Community College while the new building is being constructed.

They are preparing for the usual busy spring and summer, including the Wing Activities event, the Ten Tors, and Duke of Edinburgh Award activities.

They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7pm and 9.30pm.

Any teenagers interested in joining should visit www.299exmouth.com for more information.

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