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September 19th 2017

Derbyshire ACF march through city to mark Cadet Sunday

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force parade through Derby

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force parade through Derby

Cadets from across the county marched through Derby at the weekend to celebrate Cadet Sunday (17 September).

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) continues to mark the annual celebration of military themed cadets.

Members of the public came out to see 120 cadets parade to Market Place following a thanksgiving service at Derby Cathedral led by the Reverend Canon David Truby.

Derbyshire ACF band lead the way

Derbyshire ACF band lead the way

Dignitaries including the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire Col John Wilson DL OBE, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire Mrs Annie Hall and Mayor of Derby John Whitby were in attendance with Derbyshire ACF Commandant, Colonel (Col) Chris Young among those taking the salute from cadets as they passed the Market Square war memorial.

It was a particularly poignant moment for Col Young, who is stepping down after completing a five-year term in the most senior adult volunteer position.

He said: “It has been a great honour to serve the youth of our county. I shall miss both the cadets and all the people who in our county that have given me and the ACF so much support. This is a marvellous organisation, giving young people an incredible head start as the progress towards adulthood.”

Derbyshire ACF on the march

Derbyshire ACF on the march

One of those who organised the Cadet Sunday event, Deputy Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Chris Doyle, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and the cadets received a great reaction from the many members of the public who witnessed them marching through the city.

“The dignitaries were hugely impressed by the high standard of young people on show.

“The cadets and the adult volunteers who help them are a credit to their communities throughout the county.”

 

It was a wonderful afternoon and the cadets received a great reaction from the many members of the public who witnessed them marching through the city."