Members of the 129 Squadron Air Training Corps were collectively presented with a Civic Medallion by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr David Elliott, on Wednesday.
The medallion was awarded to the local squadron ‘in recognition of their sustained excellence and signifi cant achievements over the past 75 years’ at a ceremony held in front of the Full Council.
Cllr Elliott said it gave him ‘great pleasure’ to honour the squadron, before recalling his own fond memories of flying during his school days while he was a member of Dover College’s Combined Cadet Force.
Accepting the medallion on behalf of the corps was Flight Lieutenant Tim Blackwell, who said the medallion would be ‘treasured’ by the squadron. He spoke of the corps’ history, when it was founded during the Second World War and housed in what is now the museum, and thanked the council for its ongoing support.
He added: “I am very proud today to receive this award on behalf of the squadron.”