Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, has a new group of cadets to assist him on royal visits and other ceremonial duties over the next 12 months.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are carefully chosen for their commitment and outstanding service, not just to their respective cadet organisations but also to their local communities.
It will be an unforgettable year for the cadets, drawn each year from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Forces of schools across the county.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the county and is responsible for arranging visits to Bristol by members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors.
As well as liaising with local units of the Regular and Reserve Forces and their associated cadet forces, Mr Campbell chairs the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and participates in civic and voluntary activities.
The four cadets, who attended an investiture ceremony at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, are:
Leading Cadet Harry Harris, of Portland Sea Cadets, who has competed in rowing and drill teams at the South West Area level, and at national level in sailing and band competitions. He wants to be a Royal Naval Warfare Officer and is on the Military Preparation Course at Kingston Maurward College,. Harry has been the Isle of Portland Mayor’s Cadet during the last year.
Sergeant Jack Neil, of 130 Bournemouth Squadron, RAF Air Cadets, who has participated in cadet camps, trained for the Nijmegen March and Ten Tors and represented his Squadron in the annual athletics competition. He is one of very few cadets on the Wing qualified to fire the L98 assault rifle and has achieved Master Cadet classification. He hopes to join the RAF as an engineer.
Cadet Serjeant Ellen Hubbard, of Thomas Hardye School Combined Cadet Force. Ellen is a skilled and creative instructor who leads by example and has made a substantial impact on the CCF in just three years. She has been involved in a number of community projects, notably the development and opening of Dorchester’s new Shire Hall museum and the associated Journey to Justice exhibit.
Cadet Corporal Dafydd Ashton, of Bovington detachment, Dorset Army Cadets. Dafydds enjoy all aspects of the ACF not just the military syllabus, and has represented the County in both football and rugby He has completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and has now started on the Silver award; he is very enthusiastic about the programme and actively promotes it to the other cadets.