November 2nd 2015

New Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets in Derbyshire

Three Cadets from Derbyshire are set to begin their duties as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets after being officially appointed at a formal ceremony in Derby.

Cadet Sergeant Major Laurence Pilkington, representing the Army Cadet Force (ACF), and Cadet Warrant Officer Damien Simpson, representing the Air Training Corps (ATC) were recently welcomed into their roles by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker. Leading Cadet Jack Shubrook, of the Sea Cadet Corps was represented by his mother, Petty Officer Jo Shubrook, at the reception held at Derbyshire ACF headquarters.

Leading Cadet Jack Shubrook

The ceremony, which was attended by civic guests including the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, and the Mayor of Derby, marks the start of the Cadets’ formal duties, which will include supporting the Lord-Lieutenant on Remembrance Sunday in Chesterfield.

Colonel Chris Young, Commandant of Derbyshire ACF, said: “We are delighted to welcome members of the ATC and Sea Cadets to our county headquarters to recognise the commitment of these young people to their uniformed organisations’’

“Being appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is one of the highest honours for any Cadet. The appointment runs for one year and during this time, Cadets wear the badge of office and receive a certificate of service at the conclusion of the year”.

Speaking at the event, Cadet Sergeant Major Laurence Pilkington, aged 17, from Heanor Detachment of Derbyshire ACF, said: “I have always been one to push myself to try new experiences and I am looking forward to being able to attend functions with the sense of pride that comes with being the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. I have always been very patriotic so I am looking forward to any Royal visits to the county, and I also hope to get to know both the Lord-Lieutenant and my fellow Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets during the coming year.”

Cadet Warrant Officer Damien Simpson, aged 18, from 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron ATC, told of how the appointment was the highlight of his Cadet career. He said: “I am proud to have been nominated and chosen for this role as I will be the first Cadet from my Squadron to be a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet in almost 10 years. The role is very prestigious and I am excited to be able to represent the ATC while continuing my duties at the Squadron and studying at university. Not many young people can say they have been a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet and I look forward to the coming year.”

The ceremony was held at Derbyshire ACF headquarters on Monday 26 October 2015.

“Being appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is one of the highest honours for any Cadet."