SHEFFIELD cadets polished their military skills to give a display to guests including commanding officers, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and representatives of the Royal British Legion.
Dignitaries visiting the Army Cadet Force’s Somme Detachment, based on West Street, in the city centre, inspected the youngsters and took a tour around the group’s premises, in the barracks which are shared with the Sheffield University Officer Training Corps.
The visitors were treated to demonstration of Drill and Skill at Arms by the army cadets.
After the demonstration John Sayles, county chairman of South and West Yorkshire Royal British Legion, announced the affiliation of Somme Detachment to the charity’s local branch.
To mark the special occasion, Mr Sayles and the Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, presented signed certificates of affiliation to the detachment commander, Sergeant Instructor Chris Harrison and Craig Williams, the Royal British Legion branch secretary.
Each cadet was also presented with a Royal British Legion affiliation badge by the Lord Mayor.
The cadets will wear the Royal British Legion affiliation badge alongside badges they achieve during their cadet career.
The evening was organised by Rebecca Montgomery, a probationary potential instructor at the detachment. Rebecca’s day job is as facilities management assistant for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Guests invited to the evening included David and Sandra Hicks, from the Army Benevolent Fund, Lieutenant Colonel Tony Barron, deputy commandant of Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force and Major Dean Rushby, commander of the cadet force’s D Company, which covers Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.