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Torch jets into Coventry to mark 75th anniversary of Air Training Corps

Shaun Reynolds 14th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TORCH which is touring the UK to mark the 75th anniversary since the formation of the Air Training Corps has made a flying visit to Coventry Airport.

As part of a year of celebrations, the torch is passing through all seven regions of the corps on its six week journey from John O’Groats to 626 Volunteer Gliding School at Preddanack in Cornwall.

Cadets from 163 – Coventry Phoenix Squadron – welcomed the torch as it flew into Coventry Airport on Sunday (August 7) for its latest leg of the UK tour.

The torch had previously visited Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre before being transferred to Birmingham Airport for the flight to Coventry.

After being flown into Coventry Airport, the torch was passed to the Coventry Air Cadets who were joined by Lord Mayor, Coun Lindsley Harvard.

The torch then stopped off at Coventry Cathedral, the War Memorial Park and Kenilworth Castle.

Cadet Sergeant Sam Shirley, aged 16, travelled to The National Memorial Arboretum for the morning service before joining the relay again at Birmingham Airport.

He said: “It has been a special day today and an honour to be part of this historic relay.

“I love being part of the Air Cadets and was really chuffed to be selected to be the Banner Bearer.”

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