MEMBERS of Hereford Air Cadets were joined by the mayor of Hereford for a celebration of the squadron’s 75th anniversary.

124 (Hereford City) Squadron, was formed on May 12 1939 as a unit of the Air Defence Cadet Corps, later renamed the Air Training Corps on February 5 1941.

Councillor Philip Edwards visited the group’s event held at Suvla Barracks in Hereford, to meet young people and learn more about the squadron’s history.

Sgt (ATC) Daniel Rees said "Herefordshire's military aviation and RAF history is largely forgotten nowadays and we are proud to still be the blue presence in the city."

The evening held on May 10 was a chance for the current cadets, staff, parents and ex-cadets to mark the anniversary with the mayor of Hereford and the officer commanding West Mercian wing, Wing Commander Andy Griffin.

Cadets, who are aged 13 to 18, take part in drill, field craft, adventurous training and other activities at the Army Reserve Centre in Harold Street. They also have lessons on aviation related subjects and can eventually earn their 'wings' and fly gliders and aeroplanes.

Hereford Air Cadets meet on Mondays and Fridays between 7pm and 9pm.

If you are interested in joining, ring the cadets’ base on 01432 267801 or email