Cadet Awards at Alness

Cadet Awards at Alness

- 18/06/2019

On Thursday 16 May Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty was in attendance at Alness at a Cadet Parade to present Lord-Lieutenant's Certificates of Meritorious Service to Major Macdonald, Lt MacFarquhar, 2Lt Wright and SSI Smyth.

She also awarded Cadet Corporal Tait with a certificate to recognise his appointment as the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for the coming year.

Mrs Bowen said: I think that this will be the very last Cadet event that I will attend in that I retire as Lord-Lieutenant in just six weeks time. If so, I cannot think a better way to end some twelve years of association with you than to be here with you this evening making these meritorious service awards.

The last twelve years have been inspirational and life-changing for me in something of the same way that it is, has been or will be for every cadet here.

Twelve years ago I was probably as nervous as some of you here today, and although I have learnt better how to behave on parade I have also learnt to be ready for anything, like the day my hat blew off as I was taking the salute! On that occasion, it was retrieved for me in a smart and soldier-like manner by my Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, which indirectly allows me to pay tribute to the fourteen Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets that have served me in a variety of ways. All fourteen have been excellent and I look forward to working with the latest in this succession, Corporal Andy Tait, in the buildup to the visit to Gairloch by the Princess Royal.

Now, to this evening: thank you for inviting me to present these very important and special Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards for Meritorious Service. We have embarrassed the recipients sufficiently this evening, but I would just like to add that the Cadet Association would not exist without the selfless dedication of all the leaders from Col. Cassidy and Col. Caddick right through to the newest Junior Leader. They travel many miles between events and they take part in your training whatever the weather simply because they believe in you and giving you the best possible chance to fully use the opportunities the Cadet Association offers.

I have become and will remain a passionate supporter of the cadets quite simply because I have seen lives changed by those who give their time to the Association. We all owe all the adult volunteers a huge debt of thanks, so, if I may, on behalf of all the cadets present, thank you not just from myself but also on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen who I represent.

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