NEWS

JULY 18TH 2017

Cadet Gun Run at Royal British Legion Open Day proves a success

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Those that took part in the gun run at Mickleover Royal British Legion

Cadets from across Derbyshire were firing on all cylinders last weekend as they took part in a gun run at Mickleover Royal British Legion (RBL’s) Open Day.

Nine teams of five cadets from the army, air and sea Cadet Forces took part in the competition at the RBL’s Poppyfields Lane on Saturday 15 July where they transported a 40lb timber replica gun around an obstacle course in the quickest time possible.

Young people aged between 14 and 17-years-old came from as far as Chesterfield and Long Eaton for the event with a team of Army Cadets from Derbyshire holding off the stiff competition to take the title and the gold medals. They beat a team of Royal Marine Cadets in the final with the competition itself being watched by more than 500 spectators.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Col (Rtd) John Wilson OBE DL was present to award medals to all the cadets in the competition organised by the Army Reserve’s 162 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps.

The competition was the centrepiece of the Open Day where the cadets, current reservists and veterans came together to help raise the money for the good causes the Royal British Legion supports. The exact total is still being calculated.

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Cadets taking part in the gun run

Major Bruce Spencer, from 162 Regt RLC, said “It was a wonderful day. Seeing the cream of Derbyshire’s youth in a tough competition surrounded by their families, military veterans and serving soldiers has been exceptional.

“The atmosphere has been electric, the competition demanding and the sportsmanship an example to us all. The day was about supporting the Royal British Legion and to not only raise thousands of pounds for charity but also see those in uniform past and present really bond has been quite humbling”

Steve Rogers, The RBL Mickleover Chairman said “This has been a great day for the Royal British Legion in Mickleover and Derby.  The cadets have been an example to us all and many of the veterans have commented to me how proud they are to see such committed and dedicated young people. The Mickleover community have turned out in strength and I would like to thank all those who helped organise today and make it a success. It bodes well for 2018!”

"The day was about supporting the Royal British Legion and to not only raise thousands of pounds for charity but also see those in uniform past and present really bond has been quite humbling”