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Air cadets mark RAF centenary in Doncaster parade

Air cadets in Doncaster
Image caption Air cadets from across the north of England took part in the parade

A thousand air cadets have marched through Doncaster to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The parade began at the town's council offices at about 13:30 BST and culminated with a special service at Doncaster Minster.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on the 1 April 1918.

Cadet Warrant Officer Robert Lloyd, 18, who took part in the event, said it had been "a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of such a big parade".

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Image caption (L-R) Commandant air cadet Dawn McCafferty, Air Marshal Julian Young and honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman attended the parade
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Image caption The Air cadets marched past Doncaster's Mansion House
Image caption The event culminated with a special service at Doncaster Minster

The parade was also attended by TV personality Carol Vorderman, who is an ambassador for the Air Cadets.

She said: "It's an honour to be part of such a wonderful parade with over a thousand cadets who are commemorating the birthday of the oldest air force in the world; the RAF."

There are more than 42,000 Air Cadets and about 1,200 squadrons and units.

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