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).
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.”