A group of Taunton Army Cadets were put to the test last weekend in a tough military competition sponsored by the Royal Corps of Signals.
The National Cadet Signals Competition, or Exercise ROLLING THUNDER, is an annual event that gives Cadets from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) the chance prove themselves in disciplines such as signalling, fitness and shooting.
This year’s event took place at Blandford Garrison in Dorset on the weekend of February 28, 2014.
Somerset was well represented in this year’s competition by a team of five Army Cadets from Priorswood Platoon in Taunton. These were Cadet Serjeant Major Wesley Williams (Team leader), aged 18, Corporal Owen Allsopp, aged 17, Lance Corporal Elliott Porter, aged 14, Lance Corporal Tyler Griffiths, aged 17, and Lance Corporal Georgina Hudson, aged 15, all of Priorswood, Taunton.
The group of five were proud to have placed second overall against teams of talented Cadets from across the UK.
Team Manager and Priorswood Platoon Commander, Glyn Lancey, was delighted with the result. He said: “Coming second place overall and being the best team in the South West at the completion is the County’s best ever result, it is excellent.
“Cadets Wesley Williams and Owen Allsopp were particularly good on the day, in fact they were outstanding, but congratulations should go to the entire team.”
The five Cadets have all had the opportunity, as part of Somerset ACF, to train as Basic Radio Users. Cadets Wesley and Owen were also able to move forward with their training and complete more advanced courses at Blandford – the Army’s national signals training location.
Priorswood Platoon is currently located at St Augustine’s school and meets on Mondays and Thursdays between 7pm – 9.30pm.
Anyone in school year 8 or above interested in joining is welcome to drop in to one of the sessions to find out more. The ACF is also always on the lookout for Adult Volunteers in the area who want to help to inspire and teach young Cadets.
Please visit www.armycadets.com/somerset-acf or call the Battalion Admin Officer on 01823 284486 for more information.