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440 SQUADRON RETURNS

It’s official – we’re back!
With no Covid-19 cases for 60+ days and no requirement for social distancing, our cadets and staff were able to reunite for an informal evening on Monday ahead of today’s first formal parade night.
 
440 (1st Manx) is the first squadron in the British Isles to return to duty and it was great to be together for the first time since March.

Getting back to normal

As life slowly gets back to some kind of normal, on the Isle of Man, getting back together as air cadets has finally happened.
Since the Isle of Man Government has declared the island as COVID-19 free and removed social distancing regulations, 440 (1st Manx) Squadron has returned to face to face air cadet parade evenings and tonight is the first formal Parade since the official pause earlier in the year.

Wing Commander Pheric Thrussell, Officer Commanding, 440 (1st Manx) Squadron, said: “We are delighted to be able to return to duty here on the Isle of Man.

“We have worked hard as a team to be ready to resume face to face activities as soon as approval was granted. We are very grateful for the support of the Isle of Man Government, and our Wing and Regional staff who have made it possible.

“I have no doubt that the rest of the RAF Air Cadet units will soon be in the same position.

“Our first night back was an informal fun evening to allow everyone to get used to meeting together and we will then restart our training programme concentrating on outdoor activities.”

Based in Douglas and Ramsey, the squadron premises have undergone rigorous health and safety checks to ensure the safety of both the cadets and the adult volunteer staff.

This will ensure the Air Cadet unit can operate in a COVID-19 secure manner.