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"Local Army Cadets Celebrate 150 Years in Style"

A review of Coalville Times by Sgt Shelly Gilbey written on Thursday 1st of July 2010


Cadets Celebrate in Style

F (LDY) Squadron recently joined forces with the rest of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland Army Cadet Force to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Cadets.

Nine hundred and fifty cadets, adult instructors and officers staged a Parade and Open Day for family, friends and the local community, held at MOD North Luffenham in Rutland. Official guests included Major Gen MJ Rutledge OBE, the General Officer Commanding 5th Division, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Col Robert Martin OBE, High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Councillor Jim Hoult, Mayor of Ashby and Councillor Jill Vincent, Mayor of Charnwood.

During the Parade Squadron Sergeant Major Instructor John Ingle was presented with a Certificate of Good Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP. Sergeant Major Ingle has been in the Army Cadet Force for 18 years, as a cadet and as an adult instructor.

The March Past was led by Lieutenant Colonel John Pickering, and the salute was taken by General Rutledge. It was a very emotional and proud event and many of the cadets, adults were close to tears as the Parade marched off the Square.

Throughout the remainder of the day cadets took part in a range of military tasks including a command task race, a cavalry mounted bike challenge, tug of war and a section attack. There were also a large number of displays including an air rifle range, an archery stand, a paintball range, field craft displays and face painting amongst many more.

During the afternoon the cadets visited the stands and displays with their parents and friends. It was an ideal opportunity for them to see what their children actually do in the ACF, normally if you ask a cadet what they have been doing on a weekend, their reaction is “Oh you know lots of things, it was good”.

F Squadron’s demonstration of Rifle Drill, which they had been practising for several weeks, was to be commended and the Squadron Tug of War team became County Champions.

The day was enjoyed by everyone and the cadets did us proud - LNR ACF has celebrated Cadet150 in real style.

F Squadron (LDY) has units at Castle Donington, Shepshed, Loughborough, Coalville, Ashby, Ibstock and Peggs Green and The Corps of Drums. The cadets get good quality training from dedicated experienced instructors. Cadets not only learn military skills but have the opportunity to attend camps, participate in competitions and join expeditions at home and abroad. The enormous range of activities open to them includes first aid, music, drill, adventurous training, marksmanship and a variety of sports.

F Squadron are now looking forward to Annual Camp, in August. This year it is to be held at Sennybridge Training Camp, Brecon, Wales. The squadron is anticipating taking 150 cadets and adults, for a fun packed week of activities.

For more information about the Cadet Force or how to join, please visit our Web Site www.lnracf.co.uk


For further information please contact Shelly Gilbey on 07704846301


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