Air Cadet 75th Anniversary Torch Relay Goes by River from Henley

The RAF Air Cadets are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year with a number of events including a torch relay from John O’Groates to Land’s End in 321 stages.  The torch left John O’Groates on 12 July and was brought to Henley by a group of 8 cadets from 153 Squadron Slough, led by Squadron Leader Stephen Senft, on bikes Sunday lunchtime.  The plan is that the torch will arrive at Land’s End next Sunday, 28 August.

They were greeted by Henley 447 Squadron Air Cadets led by Flight Lieutenant, Tim Keating who has recently returned as Squadron Leader in Henley before the torch was handed over to cadet Kieran Fell in a canoe. Kieran was with cadets and leaders from Woodley and Newbury squadrons who were taking it by canoe to Abingdon on the next stage.  Matilda Drummond who was in the canoe with Kieran said, “I put myself forward because I really enjoy paddling and I’ve got lots of experience.  The route up to Abingdon should be relatively easy.”

Martin Christlieb, Wing Adventure Training Officer who was co-ordinating the canoe stage said, “We thought it would be a good idea to take the torch by canoe on the river to highlight just one of the large range of activities the Air Cadets can get involved in.    We’ve just taken a group of cadets on a 4 day, 100km canoe expedition down the Tarn River in France.  Air Cadets focus more on civilian skills rather than military which are very transferable and great for your CV.”

Tim said, “447 was delighted that the Air Cadet 75th Anniversary Torch had come to Henley and felt privileged to have been asked to be a part of the fantastic Anniversary celebration.”

Air cadets can join from 12 (beginning of Year 8) to 20.  In Henley they meet at the Drill Hall in Friday Street on a Monday and Thursday evening between 7.15-9.30pm.  To find out more email Tim at



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