As part of its Centenary Celebrations, and particularly to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the opening of its first airfield in Cambridge in 1929, Marshall of Cambridge is making arrangements for 80 young schoolchildren from the Cambridge area to receive flights in small aeroplanes during the morning of Saturday 25 April.
Cambridge schoolchildren fly from Cambridge Airport this Saturday
The Mayor of the City of Cambridge will be present to meet some of the children.
The flights are being provided by members of the Air Squadron, an association of friends, mainly businessmen who own their own aeroplanes, who are visiting Cambridge for the weekend to hold their Annual Spring Dinner in Jesus College.
Members of the Air Squadron will also be visiting Marshall of Cambridge during the afternoon of Friday 24 April and will be flying to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden on Sunday 26 April.
Both Mr Michael Marshall and Mr Terry Holloway of Marshall of Cambridge are members of the Air Squadron and Terry Holloway said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to enthuse young people about aviation, which plays such an important part in the UK economy. For many of the young children this will be their first experience of flight in a light aeroplane, and we are very grateful to members of the Air Squadron for their generosity”.
Marshall of Cambridge was founded in 1909 as a Motor Business and entered aviation in 1929 when it opened its first airfield in Fen Ditton. The Company went on to train over 20,000 pilots for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as well as doing maintenance modification and repair work on over 5,000 aircraft for the War effort. Today, the Group of Companies which is managed and run by the third generation of the Marshall Family employs almost 4,000 people and turns over around £750m per annum operating across the fields of Land and Air Transport.
The Mayor of the City of Cambridge will be accompanied by Sir Michael Graydon, a former Chief of the Air Staff, who is Chairman of the Air Squadron.
For further information contact: TERRY HOLLOWAY
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
The children flying are from Teversham Church of England Primary School, Bottisham Village College, The Netherhall School, The Perse and St Mary’s School. Additionally a number of cadets from No 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron of the Air Training Corps will be receiving flights.
This year No 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of its foundation and the 10th Anniversary of it receiving the Freedom of the City of Cambridge. The Air Training Corps is recognised as the finest youth organisation in the world and provides young people with a wide range of management and leadership skills. The Air Training Corps is the largest single participant in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme with many cadets going on to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. No. 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron meets at its headquarters in Newmarket Road on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The Squadron’s address and telephone details are as follows:
104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron Air Training Corps
730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS
Telephone: 01223 295324
Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.