NEWS

MARCH 17TH 2017

Army Cadets take part in historic rebadging ceremony

Cadets at the Rebadging ceremony

Cadets at the Rebadging ceremony

A special ceremony has been held for the rebadging of three Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachments in Nottinghamshire.

Senior volunteer and Sergeant Instructor Craig Williams is pictured receiving his motto

Senior volunteer and Sergeant Instructor Craig Williams is pictured receiving his motto

Newark, Blidworth and Arnold detachments, which are part of Nottinghamshire ACF, were officially affiliated with The Royal Lancers at the ceremony in Blidworth’s Church Hall base last month.

The three detachments had previously been linked with The Queen’s Royal Lancers, but that was amalgamated with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales) in 2015 to form a new regiment, The Royal Lancers.

As part of the ceremony to officially link the new regiment with the detachments, cadets were presented with their cap badges (known as mottos) bearing The Royal Lancers logo by current serving officers and soldiers.

Showcasing military equipment to the cadets

Showcasing military equipment to the cadets

The night was of extra significance for Trooper James Lowe of C Squadron, The Royal Lancers as he himself was a former Army Cadet based at Blidworth.

As part of the evening, James spoke to the around 50 cadets and adult volunteers present about the role and his experiences of his regiment, as well as handing over mottos himself.

Topper James Lowe presents a Cap Badge to a cadet

Topper James Lowe presents a cap badge to a cadet

Major Adam Rigley, a senior adult volunteer with Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “It was a brilliant event and extra special to have a former cadet in James return.

“We’re hoping to strengthen the link with The Royal Lancers as it will help us provide even greater opportunities and training for our cadets.

“On the night they brought military equipment down to show the cadets and we’re hoping to visit Catterick Garrison for a training weekend with them. The regiment have already been really helpful in providing officers and soldiers to attend annual camp with us.”

“We’re hoping to strengthen the link with The Royal Lancers as it will help us provide even greater opportunities and training for our cadets."