Once-in-a-life­time trip for cadet Jodie

The Oban Times - - Districts -

ARMY Cadet Sergeant Jodie Standen has re­cently re­turned from a once-in-a-life­time trip where she took part in the Beat­ing Re­treat at Horse­guards, Lon­don.

The an­nual event is a spec­tac­u­lar evening of mu­sic and mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion drill in­clud­ing horses, can­non and fire­works. The six­teen-year- old, who is also drum ma­jor for the pipes and drums of the first Bat­tal­ion the High­landers ACF, was one of 17 cadets rep­re­sent­ing the bat­tal­ion in Lon­don.

In other cadet news, Cor­po­ral Danielle Fer­gu­son, 17, from the Fort Wil­liam de­tatch­ment, first Bat­tal­ion the High­landers, took part in a rock climb­ing course.

Speak­ing about the five- day course in Lan­caster, Danielle said: ‘The in­struc­tors taught us lots of rock climb­ing ‘hacks’ and how to make our own an­chors.’

Com­ple­tion of the course means Danielle can now at­tend any in­door climb­ing cen­tre and climb with­out hav­ing an in­tro­duc­tion on how to climb, be­lay and tie knots.

Danielle now hopes to at­tend a 10- day climb­ing course in Spain.

Jodie Standen par­tic­i­pates in the Beat­ing Re­treat.

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