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August 19th 2016

HM Lord-Lieutenant thanks Derbyshire army cadets

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker is pictured with some of the cadets who took part in the civic celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Derby Cathedral and guard commander, adult volunteer Sergeant Major Paul Wright. Pictured from left is Cadet Joshua Bestwick, Cadet Jamie Maddocks, Cadet Chloe Bowey, SMI Paul Wright, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker, Cadet Lance Corporal Adam Fawcett, Cadet Lance Corporal Lily-May Payne, Corporal Elliot Watts-Riley and Cadet Corporal Bethany Caborn.

The Queen’s representative in Derbyshire has officially thanked a group of army cadets from the county for their part in Her Majesty’s (HM) 90th birthday celebrations.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker visited Derbyshire Army Cadet Force’s annual camp in Thetford, Norfolk last Friday (12 August) and presented a number of certificates to those who took part in a special civic celebration of The Queen at Derby Cathedral in June this year.

Adult volunteer Sergeant Major Instructor (SMI) Paul Wright from Ripley, has been a cadet force instructor for over 28 years and as the guard commander, organised the guard of honour the cadets formed.

He said of attending the service of thanksgiving: “I was delighted to be a part of the history of Derbyshire.”

Reflecting on taking part in the guard of honour earlier in the year, Cadet Lance Corporal Lily-May Payne, aged 16, of Phoenix Street detachment Derby, said: “I felt proud to do the guard of honour. It made me feel special to be able to represent my Queen and country, but also because of the people there such as the Lord-Lieutenant.”

Cadet Jamie Maddocks, aged 14, of Spondon detachment, said: “I felt not just pride in myself but also for doing my duty as part of the Army Cadet Force.”

Cadet Chloe Bowey, aged 16, of Phoenix Street detachment said: “I felt proud being selected to represent the ACF. It was a great opportunity to show the younger generation in a different light than one often portrayed by the media.”

“I was delighted to be a part of the history of Derbyshire.”