Air cadets fly their new colours

Irene Wielbo, 2180 Sqn; Joan Fotheringham, treasurer 2180 Sqn; Lella Cherrie, Tartanish; Lois Donohoe, Heriot-Watt University; and Frank Wielbo, o/c 2180 Sqn with the new banner
Irene Wielbo, 2180 Sqn; Joan Fotheringham, treasurer 2180 Sqn; Lella Cherrie, Tartanish; Lois Donohoe, Heriot-Watt University; and Frank Wielbo, o/c 2180 Sqn with the new banner
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The 2180 (Galashiels) Squadron of the Air Training Corps can now proudly fly their flag again.

With the 75th anniversary of the formation of the ATC parade in Edinburgh fast approaching, the squadron decided to have its banner cleaned, but the colours ran during the cleaning process, effectively destroying the £900 banner.

Squadron Leader Frank Wielbo said: “We could have bought a new banner commercially, but they are probably mass produced in some far-off land.

“The idea of engaging with a local expert to produce a new banner locally really appealed to us, so we approached Lella Cherrie at Tartanish, which is located at the Tweedbank Craft Centre.”

Working with textiles student Lois Donohoe, who hails from Swindon and is about to enter fourth year at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Lella researched the colours, material and text styles required to replicate the banner, throwing up a few anomalies in the process.

Looking at many images of air cadets’ banners, it became clear that the text, colours and assembly process used in creating the original banner differed markedly from the norm.

The result of the work done by Lella and Lois is that the squadron now has a banner matching the officially recognised colours and style of other air cadet banners across the UK.

And, just so there are no accidents in the future, Lella provided detailed washing instructions.