March 7th 2016

Clean for The Queen is a success in Derbyshire

Cadets take part in a litter picking exercise

More than 60 young people from Derbyshire took part in an organised litter picking activity last weekend (Saturday 5 March).

The young people, who are all cadets with 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), visited Elvaston Castle Country Park to take part in the exercise organised as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

The aim of Clean for The Queen is to inspire people across the country to take part in events to help clean up their communities as part of Her Majesty’s birthday celebrations.

Cadets Kelsey Radford and Conor Dodsley at Clean for the Queen on 5 MarchHer Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker, visited the park to officially start the event.

Wing Commander (Retired) Phil Giles, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman, who is also part of the Youth United Derbyshire organising committee, said: “This was a very successful event in Derbyshire with many of the cadets and adult volunteers commenting how much they enjoyed taking part. Clean for The Queen has been organised to encourage groups of people, businesses and individuals to do their bit in cleaning up litter in the area they live, ahead of Her Majesty’s birthday that will be officially celebrated in June this year.”

Cadet Sergeant Kelsey Radford, aged 16, took part in the event, she said: “It was an honour to be involved in the event, as well as it being a good opportunity to do something positive in the local community. I’ve been in the ATC for almost four years and really enjoy taking part in outdoor events.”

Speaking at the event, Cadet Corporal Conor Dodsley, also aged 16 said: “I wanted to be involved in today’s event to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday. It is great to represent my squadron at events like this, whilst spending time with friends and getting things done.”

Flight Sergeant Richard Timmins and Lord-Lieutenant William Tucker_editA prestigious Lord Lieutenant’s certificate for meritorious service was also presented at Elvaston Castle Country Park to an adult volunteer for his service with the ATC over past years. Flight Sergeant Richard Timmins explained: “My award for meritorious and voluntary service in the ATC was presented to me by the Lord-Lieutenant, which was completely unexpected. There are so many staff who give their time to the organisation so to be recognised in this way is an outstanding achievement.”

“This was a very successful event in Derbyshire with many of the cadets and adult volunteers commenting how much they enjoyed taking part."