During a recent service at All Saints Church, Castle Cary the banner belonging to the former 2277 (Castle Cary) Squadron was officially laid up, the squadron having been disbanded last year.

The closure of a squadron is always a sad event and the decision is never made lightly, however when there are insufficient staff to safely run and administer a squadron there is little choice.

Rev‘d Lyn Morris who was himself an ex Air Training Corps Cadet and Squadron Chaplain of many years gave the sermon at the event. Those present included the Commanding Officer of Devon & Somerset Air Cadets, Wing Commander John Parsons. There were also three former Commanding Officers of 2277 Squadron in attendance.

Specially trained cadets from nearby 1182 (Shepton Mallet) Squadron carried out the uncasing of the banner and were at hand to provide a ceremonial escort to the banner on its final journey. The Last Post was played by Petty Officer Paul Frazer of the Sea Cadet Corp as the banner was interned.

Former Castle Cary Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Dave Rogers carried out the duty of banner bearer and presented the banner to Rev’d Liz Mortimer the Vicar at All Saints Church. The banner was laid up next to the former branch standard of the Castle Cary Royal British Legion.

Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe, Officer in Charge of Parades and Ceremonial for Devon & Somerset Wing said “I was very proud of the team who carried out the laying up of the standard, an occasion which was performed with both pride and dignity.”


There are a number of Air Cadet squadrons throughout Devon and Somerset, each provides training and fun activities for air minded teenagers. There are vacancies for adult volunteers to become officers and instructors, new cadets are always welcome.

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