Youth cadets on parade
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on a cadet training review, a community champion is remembered and marching teams compete
10 years ago June 6, 2001 Cadets parade for Defence Minister
The review of the Tokoroa Air Training Corps by Defence Minister Mark Burton on Friday was a significant moment in these young people’s lives.
The New Zealand Cadet Forces are a voluntary training organisation for boys and girls aged 12 to 18.
They foster discipline and team building with an eye to preparing them for service in the country’s forces in the future.
Although Tokoroa only has an Air Training Corps, Raewyn Blake said anyone interested in the other forces or services was welcome to attend the corps parades.
They meet on Thursdays in the old army hall on Bridge St at 6.30pm.
Ms Blake said the Pearl Harbour movies premiere at Tokoroa’s Cinema 3 tonight would be a sellout.
Money raised would go a long way to helping the local Air Training Corps find a new home, she said. 25 years ago Community work is remembered March 18, 1986 Fire service personnel, Kinleith personnel, Masons, Lions and Tokoroa residents joined family and friends of George Pennell to honour a man whose work had benefited many during his lifetime.
The congregation for Mr Pennell’s funeral overflowed from St Mark’s Presbyterian Church last Thursday and the service was broadcast to allow those standing outside to hear and take part.
The funeral was conducted by Rev Jack Foster and readings were given by Mr Jack Vickerman.
Mr Vickerman described his first encounter with Mr Pennell, whom he later came to know well as a worker and a leader in the community.
They met in 1951, when Mr Pennell was one of three men to work with Mr Vickerman, then a civil engineer at Kinleith, setting up the Pokaiwhenua water system for Kinleith. 50 years ago 26 marching teams will compete March 16, 1961 Twenty six teams including the New Zealand senior championship team, Waikato Mascots, will be taking part in the Waikato centre’s last marching field day for the season which is to be held at the Tokoroa Memorial Sports Ground on Saturday.
The Tokoroa Marching Association, which is organising the competition, will be represented by two junior teams, Foresters and Nomettes.
Judging of the midgets will commence at 10.30am and a street march of junior and senior teams will take place from Leith Pl at 11am.
Judging of events will be done by Mr K Kilpatrick of the New Zealand Marching Association and judges from the Waikato centre.
The Putaruru Brass Band and the Matamata Pipe Band will also be in attendance.
ON PARADE: Tokoroa Air Training Corps cadets are inspected by, from left, Defence Minister Mark Burton, South Waikato District Mayor Gordon Blake and New Zealand Army Chief of General Staff Morris Dodson.