Cumbernauld Air Cadets plan reunion to mark anniversary

Cadets in front of C130J Hercules on ramp at RAF Leuchars.
Cadets in front of C130J Hercules on ramp at RAF Leuchars.

IT’S party time for Cumbernauld Air Cadets this year as Squadron 2496 celebrate their 40th anniversary.

The group are flying high in their land mark year and have so far toasted their big 4-0 in a number of typically charitable ways.

Bag packing events at local supermarkets have been met with open arms by the public and have also managed to raise thousands for charity and for group projects.

Last weekend the squadron were out in force at Cumbernauld Asda along with the TA, raising cash for Help For Heroes.

The group has also been on trips to the Leuchars RAF air base, where they were given a tour around the barracks, took part in exercises, and also got to see modern British and American aircraft up close, including a giant Hercules multi-purpose plane.

The squadron are holding an anniversary reunion to celebrate their achievements and they are now appealing for members old and new to get involved.

Flight Lieutenant Stevie Cairns said: “On October 8 the squadron will hold a reunion and anniversary night, organised by the squadron’s own Civilian Committee, made up of parents and staff members’ spouses, to remember the past 40 years and to celebrate the achievements of the squadron.

“The celebration will be held for ex-staff and cadets and their partners in the TA Centre in Glencryan Road to allow people to catch up on old times.

“This will be hosted with the assistance of the local Royal Engineers TA unit and will also include invited dignitaries.”

He added: “The squadron headquarters will also be open where cadets will conduct guided tours for anyone wishing to take a trip down memory lane.”

Tickets for the October 8 event are on sale and are limited to 100 at £5 each.

Any former staff members or cadets who wish to attend the event are asked to contact the squadron on 01236 451070 on Monday’s and Thursday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

The group also have a website at 2496atc.btck.co.uk and in addition have set up a 40th anniversary Facebook page.

Flt Lt Cairns added: “The squadron is also seeking raffle prize donations from local businesses to assist in raising funds for local Cumbernauld charities as part of the 40th anniversary celebration focus.

“Anyone who would like to help, do please get in touch.”