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Harry Potter Star Is Icing On The Cake For Cadets

Published: 09 Jul 2016

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis took time out from his visit to the Air Tattoo to join celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets.

Arriving at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire for the first public day of the airshow, the former cadet, who played Neville Longbottom in the hit Harry Potter films, joined a group of young air cadets to cut a cake in celebration of the organisation's anniversary.

A regular visitor to the Air Tattoo, Matthew was a keen cadet with the 2168 (Yeadon) Squadron, until filming commitments took priority.

As well as speaking to the cadets about their experience, the airshow and, of course, Harry Potter, the actor cut a specially made cake in the airshow's hugely popular Techno Zone.

The zone has won critical acclaim for bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects to life through a range of interactive and engaging activities designed to inspire young people. 

Describing his invitation to attend the Air Tattoo as a privilege, Matthew added: "This year, being the Air Cadets 75th anniversary, it has been extra special for me having been an air cadet many years ago. Being asked to cut the celebratory cake in front of so many cadets and visitors has been a big deal for me and I have been thrilled to be asked to do it."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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