A group of Devon Air and Army Cadets had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to his Royal Highness The Duke Of Kent this week when he officially opened the new Joint Cadet Centre in Newton Abbot.
On Wednesday July 10, the Duke was given a tour of the new centre where he was introduced to Air Cadets, Army Cadets and members of the adult volunteer staff, before officially declaring the building open.
Air Cadets from the town’s squadron demonstrated their skills in first aid and operating radio equipment, and the Army Cadets showed the Duke examples of the latest equipment and ration packs used by the Cadet Forces during adventure training.
The Duke, a former serving officer himself, then took some time to speak to the Cadets, asking them about their experiences and their training.
Following band performances from the Cadets, the Duke officially opened the new Cadet Centre by unveiling a commemorative plaque.
Newton Abbot’s MP, Anne Marie Morris said “This is an excellent new building with good training facilities for the cadets. I can only praise the hard work and dedication of the adult volunteers who give up their free time to run the cadet forces.”
Both Newton Abbot’s Air and Army cadets have places for young people who wish to take part in challenging and exciting activities with an emphasis on leadership and teamwork. Adult volunteers are always welcome at both units.
For more information on joining the Army Cadet force or the Air Training Corps as an adult volunteer or Cadet, contact Abbie Whitehouse by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01823 250107.