Derbyshire cadets honoured with cathedral service

Derby Cathedral where a Cadet Sunday service was held in honour of Derbyshire cadets.
Derby Cathedral where a Cadet Sunday service was held in honour of Derbyshire cadets.
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Over 200 Cadets from across Derbyshire attended a special service to celebrate Cadet Sunday.

The cadets and adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, including north and mid Derbyshire and the Peak District, were joined by members of the Sea Cadets.

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 were also in attendance.

The event at Derby Cathedral took place on September 20 and saw the cadets parade from the cathedral to the war memorial in Derby Marketplace where the Vice Lord-Lieutenant took the salute.

Colonel 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.”

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 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.”

A number of cadets from Derbyshire ACF were presented with awards 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.

Derbyshire ACF is recruiting Cadets and volunteers. Visit armycadets.com or call 01332 772025.