MORE than 150 cadets gathered in Johnstone town centre for a parade to mark the 77th anniversary of the Air Training Corps.

The annual event took place on Sunday, with young people from across the west of Scotland in attendance.

After parading through the town, the cadets attended a service at Johnstone High Parish Church.

As well as the Johnstone cadets, youngsters from the Paisley Hawkhead and Hillington ATC branches took part in the march, while others travelled from Glasgow and Ayrshire to get involved.

The ATC offers activities to young people aged between 12 and 18, who can take part in the likes of sports and target shooting, as well as attending camps across the country or overseas.

There are also opportunities to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award and take part in first aid training.

Flight Lieutenant Suzanne Callan, who is group leader for the 2175 Rolls-Royce Squadron of the ATC, said: “There are lots of benefits to being in the cadets.

“In particular, it is interesting to see the development from the boys and girls compared to when they first start.

“I have seen many young people come in very shy but they come out of their shell and become more confident, armed with a range of qualifications and new friends.”

The 1701 Johnstone ATC branch meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Joint Cadet Centre, in Canal Street.

Those interested in joining can call 0141 887 3111 or visit the website at