The Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, has chosen the Cadets who will accompany her on official engagements, including royal visits, for the rest of the year.
Four talented young people were hand-picked from each of the uniformed Cadet organisations – the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) – and also from the Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) run by schools.
They were selected for showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective Cadet Units and also for their dedication and work with the local community.
The four Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets received certificates and badges during a ceremony held at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth, where Certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to long-serving members of the Reserves and Cadet Forces.
Dorset’s Lord Lieutenant acts as the Queen’s representative for the county, attending various events including Remembrance parades and royal visit. The four Cadets will have the opportunity to assist her with many of these events throughout 2014.
Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers also presents a variety of awards from British Empire Medals to the Elizabeth Cross, which is presented to next of kin armed forces personnel killed on active service.
However in early January 2014 she will be retiring, after eight years of service to Dorset as Lord-Lieutenant, and a new Lord-Lieutenant for the County will be appointed by the Queen.
She said: “I always look forward to these awards ceremonies and this is because I truly enjoy celebrating the hard work these Cadets put in to everything they do.
“They all deserve congratulations and I look forward to working with each of them over the next couple of months and I hope they find their time as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets enjoyable, with me and the new Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset.”
The four Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet Forces are:
- Petty Officer Cadet Scott Dodds, 16, of Ferndown, a member of Parkstone Sea Cadet Unit – Scott is a dedicated Sea Cadet who has achieved various sailing, power boating, kayak, music, seamanship, and First Aid and camp craft qualifications during his time with the SCC.
- Cadet Sergeant Evelyn Irving, 17, of Wimborne, a member of Wimborne Detachment, Dorset ACF – Evelyn has great enthusiasm for First Aid and has been a member of St John’s Ambulance Service for more than three years.
- Cadet Sergeant Alec James Cottrell, 17, of Wareham, a member of 2185 (Wareham) Squadron Air Training Corps – Alec manages radio communications for the Squadron at many local community events including the Swanage Folk Festival and the Annual Red Arrows Display.
- Cadet Warrant Officer Hugo Potts, 17, of Sherborne and a member of Sherborne School Combined Cadet Force – Hugo is an outstanding model to younger Cadets and has participated in a number of challenges including Ten Tors, the Dorset Doddle and mountaineering in Glencoe.