Cadets set for Burry Port and Pembrey towns freedom honour
HUNDREDS of air cadets will fill the streets of Burry Port and Pembrey this weekend when they are presented with the freedom of the towns.
Between 150 and 200 cadets from Number 621 (Carmarthen) Squadron, Air Training Corps will be presented with the honour by Mayor Moira Thomas during a special event this Sunday.
The day will mark the first time that air cadets have been presented with the freedom of the towns by Burry Port and Pembrey Town Council.
It is being given in recognition of their dedication to the towns during Remembrance Days for the past 30 years.
The celebration will commence at Pembrey square at 9am with the laying of the wreath at 9.30am at Memorial Gardens.
The cadets will then receive the scroll from the mayor at 10am at Memorial Hall.
From there, the cadets will march from Festival Fields at 10.45am past the Royal British Legion where they will salute. They will then attend a service at St Mary's Church at 11.30am.
During this service they will mark the 75th anniversary of RAF Pembrey.
Following this they will march back to Festival Fields at 12.30pm and the formal inspection will take place at the Festival Fields at 1pm.
The day will conclude with a civic reception at the Memorial Hall at 1.30pm.
Mayor Moira Thomas said: "This event is brilliant news for the towns of Burry and Pembrey
"It is the first time that air cadets have been given the freedom of the towns in Wales.
"It is recognising their loyal support of everything going on in Burry Port for the past 30 years.
"I am really looking forward to the event."
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the celebratory event including high-ranking RAF and civilian dignitaries, councillors and residents.
Ahead of the event Pembrey and Burry Port Royal British Legion branch chairman Peter Jones said: "I am very pleased indeed that the cadets are receiving the freedom of the towns.
"They have been marching through the towns on Remembrance Day as long as I have been on the committee. That is more than 20 years.
"It will be good for the towns too, it is something which will put them on the map.
"They very much deserve this honour in recognition of their work supporting the towns."
Branch secretary Mike Phillips added: "To be recognised for their dedication is great news.
"It also creates important links between the armed forces and the town.
"This is an important link for the club and the younger people living in Burry Port."
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