Army Cadets join in Bristol Harbourside festivities


Bristol Army Cadets’ mobile climbing wall was a popular activity among the many attractions laid on for an estimated 250,000 people attending the city’s Harbourside Festival.

Bristol Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums added their musical talents to Saturday’s programme while Cadet Lance Corporal Alex Ireland, of the Kingswood Detachment, was busy deploying her face-painting skills on a sweltering weekend.

Alex, 15, also teamed up with Cadet Sergeant Josh Kelly 16, from Mangotsfield Detachment, and 15-year-old Cadet Corporal Will Massingham, 15, (Kingswood) to field inquiries from interested youngsters and their parents.

Army Cadets, aged from 12 to 18, learn a myriad of new skills by learning to challenge their limits in a safe environment and thereby boosting their self-confidence.

The climbing wall is a perfect example of that approach, with experienced adult instructors Sergeant Major Martin Dove and 2nd Lieutenant Zada Sloan providing expert tuition for a stream of intrepid young festival-goers, such as seven-year-old Oliver Charlesworth, from Pill.

Bristol Army Cadets provides life-enhancing opportunities for 400 cadets from all kinds of backgrounds in 18 detachments. 

This is only possible through the dedication of 100 adult volunteers.

For more information about volunteering as an adult instructor with Bristol Army Cadets, call 0117 986 3344 or email .


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