Activities of Cambs Army Cadet Force are showcased at open day attended by lord lieutenant

Cllr Michael Hill, the mayor of Wisbech, and his wife Jane with lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly.

Cllr Michael Hill, the mayor of Wisbech, and his wife Jane with lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly. - Credit: Archant

Army cadets from across Cambridgeshire showcased their skills in a day designed to let people know the range of activities they get involved in.

A drill marching squad was one demonstration at the event.

A drill marching squad was one demonstration at the event. - Credit: Archant

The event was visited by the Hugh Duberly, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and honorary colonel of Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

Held at the cadet training centre, in Waterbeach, it was aimed at civic leaders, education and business leaders to highlight what Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force does for young people and to promote community engagement.

Guests were treated to afternoon tea before visiting a number of display stands, including first aid, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, signals and a mock camp showing cadets living in the field, with an improvised shelter and ration pack cooking.

A number of arena displays were also staged including a first aid incident, a foot and drill marching squad with a finale of military music and sunset by the Corps of Drums.

Staff Sgt Gemma Offer receives her cadet service medal from lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly.

Staff Sgt Gemma Offer receives her cadet service medal from lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly. - Credit: Archant


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During the afternoon Mr Duberly presentated the cadet service medal to Staff Sgt Gemma Offer, of March, for 12 years service.

Colonel Steve Martin, Cadet Commandant, said: “It was a splendid opportunity to show what the cadets actually do in training. Many guests were surprised at the range of activities on offer and the professional manner in which the arena displays were presented.”

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Cllr Kit Owen, the mayor of March, with lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly.

Cllr Kit Owen, the mayor of March, with lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly. - Credit: Archant

Staff Sgt Gemma Offer receives her cadet service medal from lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly.

Staff Sgt Gemma Offer receives her cadet service medal from lord lieutenant Hugh Duberly. - Credit: Archant

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