Wisbech cadets receive awards for first aid, radio use, basic training and for some the surprise of a promotion

Richard Barnwell DL stands with Capt Trevor Longmuir (Detachment Commander) surrounded by the Cadets

Richard Barnwell DL stands with Capt Trevor Longmuir (Detachment Commander) surrounded by the Cadets. - Credit: Archant

Young army cadets stood to attention as they were presented with awards by Richard Barnwell the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and a past Mayor of Wisbech.

Richard Barnwell with Cdt Sgt Foxcroft

Richard Barnwell with Cdt Sgt Foxcroft - Credit: Archant

The cadets received a number of awards including first aid heart start certificates, signals radio user badges, basic army training certificates and a surprise for some in being promoted from the rank of cadet to cadet lance corporal.

Richard Barnwell is a keen supporter of youth in Wisbech and is particularly interested in the work of the cadets after joining them on a battle field trip in the year 2000 to Ypres, Belgium when he was the town mayor.

The cadet link is also special in that Octavia Hill, one of the Founders of the National Trust and founder of the Army Cadet movement in 1860, was born in Wisbech.

Mr Barnwell saw activities being taught to the cadets and had a chance to talk to them and their instructors about their work.

He learnt of plans for their 11-day annual camp at Folkestone and a two-day battle field tour to Belgium in August.

Mr Barnwell said: “It’s a credit to these young people to join the Army Cadet force and take an active part in its challenging and character building training programme.

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“Learning to be a good citizen in the community is something we should encourage and support.”

Capt Trevor Longmuir said: “Anyone aged 12 to 18 years can join the cadets who meet on a Tuesday evening at the Cadet HQ, Sandylands Street, Wisbech from 7.30 to 9.30pm.”