September 25th 2015

Derbyshire Cadets celebrate Cadet Sunday

Over 200 Cadets from across Derbyshire attended a special service at Derby Cathedral to celebrate Cadet Sunday.

The Cadets and adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) were joined by members of the Sea Cadets as well as local dignitaries including the High Sherriff of Derbyshire, the Mayor of the City of Derby, and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Colonel John Wilson OBE DL.

The event, which took place on Sunday 20 September, saw the Cadets parade from Derby Cathedral to the war memorial in Derby Marketplace where the Vice Lord-Lieutenant took the salute.

A number of Cadets from Derbyshire ACF were presented with awards after the parade, including Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Ryan Young who was awarded the Commandant’s award for long service to mark his last day as a Cadet in the ACF.

Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Ryan Young and Colonel Chris Young Commandant of Derbyshire ACFColonel Chris Young, Commandant of Derbyshire ACF, said: “Today we are celebrating the ACF in Derbyshire and it is a proud moment to see so many Cadets out in force to represent their county. Cadet Sunday is an annual event where we come together as to reflect on our achievements and look forward to the coming year.”

Speaking at the event, Cadets from Derbyshire ACF said:

Cadet Sergeant Sam Johnson, aged 18, from Bakewell detachment, said: “Cadet Sunday is something I have taken part in now for four years. The parade through Derby is always impressive with the sheer number of Cadets taking part and I enjoy seeing members of the public come out to watch as it makes the ACF feel like part of the community.”

Cadet Lance Corporal Sian Baker, aged 17, from Draycott detachment, said: “Parading for Cadet Sunday is one of the highlights of the year and it makes me feel proud to be in my uniform to celebrate the ACF. Being involved with Cadet Sunday makes you feel that you are part of something; particularly because you get the feeling that you are showing the public what the ACF is all about.”

Cadet Corporal Lauren Rigley, aged 17, from Clay Cross detachment, said: “I have been a Cadet for just over four years and think there is always a sense of respect on Cadet Sunday as everyone wants to present the ACF to the community and show people what we are all about.”

Derbyshire ACF is recruiting both Cadets and adult volunteers. To learn more visit or call 01332 772025.

“Today we are celebrating the ACF in Derbyshire and it is a proud moment to see so many Cadets out in force to represent their county."