Celebrations took place at the weekend as 115 (Peterborough) Squadron Air Training Corps were granted the Honorary Freedom of the City of Peterborough.
A Service led by the Reverend Rob Deans, Assistant Curate of the Church was held at St John the Baptist Church in the City, where Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Councillor dignitaries, Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, distinguished guests, Cadets, Staff and Parents saw the Freedom Scroll and Badge presented to 115’s Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Stephen Dalton by Peterborough’s Mayor, Councillor June Stokes. During the service, a Reading from the Gospel according to St Mark was read by Cadet Sergeant Andrew Cook. Music throughout the Service, including the Last Post marking a minutes silence in remembrance of those of 115 who had fallen in conflict, was provided by the RAF Wyton Volunteer band.
Following the Service a march past was led by the RAF Wyton Voluntary Band, followed by the Freedom Scroll proudly carried by Cadet Flight Sergeant Jess Dannells, along with the Squadron Banner and escorts, Cadet Flight Sergeant Victoria Jackson, Cadet Flight Sergeant Joshua Faupel and Cadet Sergeant Harry Pace, Cadets, Staff, (present and former) to the saluting Dais, where Cadets from 51 (Orton) Squadron provided a Guard of Honour. The salute was taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Peterborough and Commandant Air Cadets.
This was followed by a Buffet in the Council Chambers. Speeches then took place, with the final words from the Officer Commanding 115 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Stephen Dalton, who is standing down as Officer Commanding shortly. The post will be taken up by Pilot Officer Karen Barfield.
In the Council Chambers the Scroll bearer Cadet Flight Sergeant Jess Dannells remarked “it was a fantastic day although my arms hurt from carrying the Scroll”. One of the Parents said “the Squadron has worked wonders for their son, it had given him so much confidence.” Another Parent remarked “ it was a historic day for the Squadron and had been a wonderful day for all concerned.”
OIC Plt Off Karen Barfield and her two daughters, Cadets at the Squadron