Duke of Edinburgh presents award to Weston-super-Mare Cadet stalwart


A dedicated Army Cadet instructor from Weston-super-Mare has been presented with a prestigious award by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Scott Bunker, aged 46, has received a Colonel-in-Chief’s Commendation following an impressive 33 years of service to Somerset’s Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Scott Bunker with the Duke of Edinburgh

ACF Instructor Scott Bunker receiving his award from the Duke of Edinburgh

The Colonel In Chief’s Commendation is a rare honour given out to members of The Rifles family (Regular, Reserve or Cadet) in recognition of meritorious service.

Having started out as a Cadet himself at Uphill Bugles ACF Platoon, aged 13, Scott decided to become an Adult Instructor five years later when he was too old to continue on as a Cadet.

“I’ve been with the Uphill Platoon for over 30 years now because I am so impressed with what the ACF has to offer young people in the area,” he said.

“As a Cadet I enjoyed every minute of it so as soon as it was time for me to leave, I became an Adult Instructor so I could help other young people enjoy the same experiences I did.”

During his time with the ACF, Scott took it upon himself to form the Silver Bugles band from scratch, and has since tirelessly worked to inspire and encourage a growing number of Cadet musicians.

He said: “There are so many opportunities for young people in the Cadets and music is just another element that we can offer them.”

Scott was presented with the Colonel-in-Chief’s Commendation by the Duke of Edinburgh, at a special ceremony in London last Thursday (October 21), an accolade he never expected to receive.

“I was shocked when they told me I had received the award, but very honoured,” he said. “It was great to receive the award but really I think the praise should go to the Cadets I’ve worked with over the years who really are top examples to their peers.”

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