THE Air Cadets has celebrated 70 years in Mirfield with a special service at the Trinity Methodist Church.
The 1427 squadron was established in the town on May 5 1941, just three months after the RAF Air Cadets was founded to help the war effort.
The anniversary service in Mirfield was held alongside national celebrations to mark 70 years of the force.
Commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell said: “It was a very successful event attended by current members of the air cadets, as well as somebody who was one of the original air cadets from 1427 squadron.”
Mr Doubell gave a presentation an the ceremony which told the history of the air cadets, including its re-establishment as 868 squadron in 1978.
As well as teaching its cadets how to fly and glide, the squadron takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh volunteering scheme and offers its members BTEC diploma qualifications, with trips abroad in between.
Mr Doubell has been involved with the cadets since 1966. He said: “The appeal for me, at the time, was I wanted to fly and it was the only way to do it at little or no cost.”
The Mirfield cadets have had a great deal of recent success. One of the highest ranks a cadet in West Yorkshire can reach is that of Lord Lieutenant of the county, and four of the last five to hold the post have come from 868 squadron.
The most recent cadet to achieve the title, which ranks alongside an MBE, was Adam Tolson, a student at Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form.
The squadron band represents the town at public events and more than 50 cadets recently led the Remembrance Day procession.
The service at the church in Huddersfield Road was also attended by Mirfield MP, Simon Reevell.