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April 7th 2016

Awarded for meritorious service

Civilian Assistant John Gooding being presented his certificate by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis.

A volunteer from Lincolnshire has been awarded for his services to a local youth organisation.

John Gooding, aged 66, who volunteers as a Civilian Assistant with Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) has received a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service in recognition of his exceptional service and outstanding achievements at his unit.

Reflecting on his award, John explained: “I was amazed to hear my named called out to receive a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate. I didn’t realise you could get more than one as I had previously been awarded one in 2003 during my time as a Staff Sergeant at the unit. However, my latest award was received for my role as a Civilian Assistant which I am delighted with.”

Originally joining The Lincoln Imp Drum and Bugle Band in1959, John’s passion for music soon flourished leading on to him being involved in both cadet and military music over a 58 year period.

John explained: “People say that time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself, but 58 years working in both cadet and military bands has passed me by in the twinkle of an eye.

“I was a junior drummer in the 4/6th Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in 1964 and then subsequently joined the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment in 1965.  Over the last 40 years I’ve helped with many local bands as well as forming two local youth bands in the 1980s. In 1989 I joined the RAF Waddington Pipes and Drums Band as well as becoming an adult volunteer with Lincolnshire ACF.

“After 27 years I’m still Drum Major with the pipe band and play tuba with the cadet band on Tuesdays and teach the drum corps on Wednesdays.  Somewhere along the way I also became secretary to The Royal Anglian and Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Association as well as working in a part-time capacity for the Army Cadet Force Association as Westminster Officer for Cadet Force Music.”

The presentation event took place at Lincolnshire ACF’s Easter Camp held at Beckingham Training Camp from 1 to 5 April 2016.

“People say that time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself, but 58 years working in both cadet and military bands has passed me by in the twinkle of an eye."