Cadets carry ATC75 torch through region

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Cadets from 2180 (Galashiels) Squadron Air training Corps looked after a precious object recently – the ATC 75 torch.

The torch is being carried on a relay to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the cadet organisation.

Travelling through each of the six regions of the Air Training Corps, the torch began its six-week journey at John O’Groats on the northeastern tip of Scotland and will end at 626 VGS Preddanack in Cornwall.

And, on its last day in Scotland, it was down to the cadets from the Galashiels squadron to hand it over to fellow cadets and staff from the 2344 (Longbenton) Sqn at the Carter Bar border.

Squadron Leader Frank Wielbo, o/c 2180 Sqn, said: “The squadron was honoured to host the ATC75 Torch and hand it over to 2344 (Longbenton) Sqn.

“First, it was at 2180 HQ for 0615 hrs to see off cadet and staff heading to East Fortune Airshow.

“Then, at 0815 the cadets involved in the tour of the Borders and the handover took it to the Greenyards and Melrose Abbey in Melrose, as well as Scott’s View, Thirlestane Castle, the Rhymers Stone where Thomas the Rhymer met the Queen of the Faeries and on to Jedburgh Abbey before it was piped over the border.”