Bowing out with St John inspection
THROUGHOUT his year in office as Ashford’s mayor, Norman Ayres has highlighted the achievements of young people. So, it was fitting that as his final engagement, he chose to accept the invitation to inspect Ashford Town St John Ambulance Combined Cadet Division, at its annual review at the Furley Hall. Last Wednesday was the first review of the enlarged division resulting from the combining of the three Ashford cadet units. Family and friends watched as 20 cadets aged between 10 and 18 years were inspected by deputy county commissioner Maureen Lewsey. She learned from them what they had achieved and how they would like to progress in the St John Ambulance, something she did herself with distinction, after starting as a cadet. During the evening the cadets showed their expertise in drill, adult and child resuscitation and dealing with fractures, while the mayor and mayoress Helen Ayres, spoke to everyone on parade. The evening ended with a viewing of an ambulance and equipment used by adult members of St John.
A proud moment for this youngster
Ashford cadets pass muster with the mayor
The mayor and mayoress of Ashford at the inspection