Cadets collect accolades for sterling work
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