Canon thanked for all his assistance

Canon MacIntosh receives his gift from Andy Swierczek
Canon MacIntosh receives his gift from Andy Swierczek

The most recent recruits to 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron Air Training Corps were formally enrolled to the Squadron last Monday.

Cadets Aimee Stanton, Calum Wells and Gregor Melville confirmed their Cadet Promise to the Squadron Padre, the Rev Canon G Grant MacIntosh.

This was the last formal duty to be performed by Canon MacIntosh as he was leaving Carnoustie to move to pastures new in Stornoway.

Thanking him for all the invaluable assistance he has given the squadron over the past eight years, the Instructor in Charge Andy Swierczek presented the outgoing padre with a commemorative bowl and passed on the best wishes from staff and cadets to him and his wife Anne.

The squadron were also presented with two prints by retired Squadron Leader, John McRae - a former navigator on 617 Squadron RAF (The Dambusters).

One of the prints was of a Canberra PR9 and the other, entitled Tribute to 617 Sqn Past and Present by John Pettit, featured a Lancaster, Mosquito and Tornado GR1. This print has been signed by former members of 617 Sqn, including Gp Capt Leonard Cheshire VC. John also gave a short talk on his experiences on his service with the RAF and as a cadet with 1370 (Leven) Squadron ATC cadet many years ago.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps and the 50th Anniversary of the Squadron. To celebrate the latter the Squadron are looking to hold a reunion evening on Saturday, August 6.

Former members interested in attending can contact Andy Swierczek on 01241 859821, any Squadron member on a Monday or Tuesday evening between 7.30 and 9pm on 01241 8567670 or visit the Squadron’s facebook page - Carnoustie Air Cadets.