Cadets col­lect ac­co­lades for ster­ling work

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

YOUNGSTERS from Ash­ford and Rom­ney Marsh were among mem­bers of the county’s Cadet Forces who ex­celled at col­lect­ing for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Poppy Ap­peal.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing them, Lord Lieu­tenant Al­lan Wil­lett told them: “You have demon­strated the qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship, sense of duty, unit pride, and good cit­i­zen­ship that we have come to ex­pect from our Kent cadets.”

He thanked the 250 cadets from 25 units for the ster­ling ef­forts they, their adult leaders and Poppy Ap­peal or­gan­is­ers had made in rais­ing £35,000 of a to­tal ex­pected to be close to £1mil­lion in Kent in the past year.

He added: “I know that those serv­ing to­day – and the ex-Ser­vice com­mu­nity – are im­mensely grate­ful for the as­sis­tance re­ceived from the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, paid for from the money raised by the an­nual Poppy Ap­peal.”

Among the units pro­vid­ing mu­sic were the Pipes and Drums of 2513 (Rom­ney Marsh) Squadron, Air Train­ing Corps, and Cadets from 305 (Ash­ford) Squadron, ATC, who per­formed a kukri dance.

A spe­cial in­di­vid­ual award for Poppy Ap­peal work was pre­sented to 91-year-old Arthur Trusler, of 2513 (Rom­ney Marsh) Squadron.

Lord Lieu­tenant Al­lan Wil­lett with kukri dancers from 305 (Ash­ford) Squadron ATC

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