The cream of Cornwall’s Cadet Corps were honoured at an awards ceremony on Tuesday as they were selected to become ambassadors for the County.
Each year top Cadets in the county are recommended to Cornwall’s Lord-Lieutenant, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, and when appointed are given the opportunity to assist and accompany the Lord-Lieutenant on various occasions, including royal visits and civic ceremonies.
Three enthusiastic youngsters from each of the uniformed Cadet organisations – the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) – were selected to become Lord-Lieutenant Cadets this year, after showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective units.
They received special certificates and cloth badges at the ceremony, held at the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro today. Certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to long-serving, dedicated members of the Reserves and Cadet forces.
As well as hosting royal visits, the Lord-Lieutenant acts as the Queen’s representative in making a variety of awards, from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service and industrial and export performance.
Colonel Bolitho attends Remembrance parades and services as well as awarding the Elizabeth Cross to next of kin of armed forces personnel killed on active service. From next August his diary will be even fuller, with the start of Great War commemoration events.
The Lord-Lieutenant said: “It is wonderful that I have this group of skilled Cadets to assist me throughout the year.
“I hope this encourages young people across the County to get involved with the Cadet Forces after seeing the excellent example set by this year’s Lord-Lieutenant Cadets.”
The Cadets, chosen on their merits within the cadet force and also for their dedication and work within the local community, are:
• Petty Officer Cadet Charles Frost, 16, of Penryn, Cornwall – a member of Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadet Unit. Charles has completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and is now working towards his Silver. He has also represented Cornwall in a number of national water sports competitions.
A spokesman for Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadet Corps said: “Leading Cadet Frost most deserving of his current position which he has earned through determination, commitment and hard work.
“Always polite and courteous, Leading Cadet Frost is proving to be an excellent role model for the more junior and less experienced cadets, often going out of his way to provide support to them when required.”
• Cadet Serjeant Charlotte Braithwaite, 16, of Bodmin, Cornwall – a member of Cornwall ACF. Charlotte has achieved the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Star Cadet Proficiency awards and has also been awarded county colours in hockey and rugby and national colours in soccer and cross-country.
Charlotte said: “It really is such an honour to be chosen as a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet and I will try to give it my all.
“I am definitely looking forward to the Royal visits the most and it will be interesting to have an insight into how all these events work behind the scenes – as I know they are so important to the people of Cornwall.”
• Cadet Flight Sergeant Spencer Moore, 17, of Truro, Cornwall – a member of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron Air Training Corps. Spencer is is currently studying for A Levels with the intention of reading aerospace engineering at Southampton University which he hopes will lead to employment with global eurospace companies.
Wing Commander Reis of Plymouth and Cornwall ATC, said: “Cadet Flight Sergeant Moore has proved himself to be exceptionally reliable and an excellent role model to others throughout his near five years of cadet service.
“He conducts himself in a pleasant and outgoing manner at all times, always willing to help and encourage the younger and less confident cadets. “