24 Cadets and 8 members of Staff from 92 Chorley Sqn ATC undertook a 3-day educational visit to London over the weekend of the 24th to the 25th March 2019.
During the weekend the Air Cadets and staff visited many locations including the Tower of London, taking us back through almost 1000 years of military history in London, the Imperial War Museum, exploring the impacts of the First and Second World Wars and all conflicts fought by British Forces in the years since.
Other landmarks visited included HMS Belfast, to see how sailors lived and worked on board the Town-Class Light Cruiser since it’s commission in 1939 and the Churchill War Rooms, experiencing the infrastructure of the Cabinet War Effort during the height of London’s Blitz.
Among the highlights was a visit to the Palace of Westminster, touring the former Royal residence and the chambers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This was followed by a Question & Answer session with our Honorary Squadron President and local MP the Rt. Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons;
In addition, the group experienced travelling on the London Underground, picnicked in St James’s Park, met The Metropolitan Police, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and witnessed the change of the guard at Horse guard’s Parade, walking a total of 23 miles in the process!
In all an amazing and highly informative trip to our Capital City.
Warrant Officer Steve Maddock, NCO In Charge of 92 Squadron remarked “Trips like this are more than just a tourist visit. The cadets learn a lot about both our history and our current world.” He continued, “Giving our young cadets the opportunity to be see the heart of our democracy gives a real understanding of their role as citizens and it was a great deal of fun too”.
Visits such as this take a great deal of volunteer time and effort along with considerable funding. WO Maddock and his team would like to thank all those who supported with our fundraising efforts to make this trip possible, and of course the fabulous volunteer staff who facilitated the trip itself.