A GWENDRAETH Valley octogenarian has been recognised for 60 years’ service to the Air Training Corps.
Elvet Morris, aged 88, from Cefneithin, was the founder member of the Mid Gwendraeth Squadron in Ponthenri.
Following demobilisation from the Royal Air Force in 1949, it was Mr Morris’ intention to enlist in the Auxiliary Air Force based in St Athan in Cardiff. However, he suffered a violent attack of malaria which left him unwell for several months and as a result, he was advised to join the Air Training Corps instead.
Mr Morris was living in Ponthenri at the time and decided to form his own squadron based in the village.
Sixty years on and the Mid Gwendraeth Squadron is still going strong – thanks to the hard work and dedicated service of Mr Morris.
The squadron recently celebrated its anniversary and Mr Morris in particular received recognition for all that he has done over the years.
Local member and the council’s executive board member for regeneration Councillor Clive Scourfield has congratulated Mr Morris on his achievement.
Councillor Scourfield said: “Mr Morris has devoted 60 years of his life to the Air Training Corps. He was the founder member of the Mid Gwendraeth Squadron – the oldest surviving youth organisation in the area.
“Over the years hundreds of young people have benefited from joining the squadron, taking part in various activities, giving them the skills and confidence to get on in life, whatever path they choose.
“This would not have been possible without the leadership and devotion of Mr Morris and I would like to congratulate him on this remarkable achievement.”
CAPTION: Elvet Morris is congratulated by Councillor Clive Scourfield for his 60 years’ service to the Air Training Corps.
Picture: Jeff Connell.