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SEPTEMBER 22ND 2017

New Lord-Lieutenant Cadet toasts her cadet and circus background

Cadet Sergeant Elizabeth Train Brown fire breathing.

Cadet Sergeant Elizabeth Train Brown fire breathing.

The new Army Cadet Force (ACF) Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Lincolnshire is all fired up to take on the prestigious role thanks to her circus background.

Cadet Sergeant Elizabeth Train-Brown, aged 17, is a member of Lincolnshire ACF’s Abbey Detachment and comes from a family steeped in circus history.

As a result Elizabeth is already well practised in plate juggling, rope spinning and using flaming ‘poi’ balls.

When it came to learning a new skill as a requirement for passing her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award she asked her mum to teach her fire-breathing in their Lincoln back garden.

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr Toby Dennis with his ACF Lord Lieutenant Cadet Elizabeth Train Brown

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr Toby Dennis with his ACF Lord Lieutenant Cadet Elizabeth Train Brown

She said: “My dad has been with circuses for about 50 years. When he first saw a juggling act at a local circus in Lincoln he decided he wanted to do it and didn’t stop for weeks on end until he’d perfected it himself. He’s also worked as a rope spinner, grounds agent and publicity officer and my parents worked alongside each other as clowns. My sister worked as a trapeze artist and gymnast.

“My mum learned fire breathing and eating; however, when she became pregnant with me, she couldn’t continue the act due to the paraffin intake so she taught herself face painting and we continue to run the Funny Faces business today.”

Elizabeth has learned more skills through cadets, including using her First Aid training to potentially save a stranger’s life once after she witnessed them suffer a severe asthma attack, but she needed to demonstrate learning a new skill as part of gaining her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

After learning fire breathing, the back garden training sessions are now about perfecting the art of fire eating where the flames are extinguished in the mouth.

Elizabeth said: “Our training sessions occasionally surprise our neighbours but after living either side of us for more than 20 years, our circus pre-performances in the back garden are relatively normalised.”

Elizabeth, who is currently studying her A Levels, has also now landed one of the top positions a cadet can achieve in the county by being named the ACF Lord-Lieutenant Cadet for Lincolnshire.

It means she will escort The Queen’s representative in Lincolnshire, Lord-Lieutenant Mr Toby Dennis, at events for the next 12 months.

She’s already performed fire breathing in front of the Mayor of Lincoln as part of her Duke of Edinburgh examination and her circus skills are sure to be a talking point for Mr Dennis.

Elizabeth continued: “I’ve been assured that Lincolnshire ACF Commandant Colonel Jeremy Field and the Lord-Lieutenant himself are equally excited to see me perform one of my circus acts.

“It makes me excited and proud to entwine two huge parts of my life in the circus and cadets.

“The ACF presents so many opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else and opens up a whole new world of people to meet and share new experiences with.

“I’ve built strong relationships through cadets and experienced amazing opportunities.”

“I’ve been assured that Lincolnshire ACF Commandant Colonel Jeremy Field and the Lord-Lieutenant himself are equally excited to see me perform one of my circus acts."