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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



20 November 2015

Teenage Cadets have provided local community organisations and schools with a lively lesson in the role of the Cadet movement in Northern Ireland.

The setting this weekend was the splendid and historic Hillsborough Castle where guests from the fields of education and community work were invited to witness the traditional 21 Gun Royal Salute which marked the birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.  As is customary, the Royal Salute was fired by officers and soldiers from 206 (Ulster) Battery, Royal Artillery, drawn from Army Reserve units at Newtownards and Coleraine and, as the ‘big guns’ rolled out at Hillsborough, almost identical ceremonies were taking place at London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The ceremony showcased the high standards of military skills which are a trademark of the Army Reserves to educationalists and community leaders.  On this occasion, the Cadet movement was also a focus of attention with teenage Cadets acting as hosts for the occasion and presenting information about the benefits and opportunities of Cadet life. 

Armagh High School student, Cadet Sergeant Amy Wortley, who is Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Armagh, said, “It’s always a bit daunting to make a formal presentation and the fact that we were in the grand setting of Hillsborough Castle addressing teachers and school principals added to the pressure, but it was a good test of our claim that being a Cadet adds to your personal confidence!

“Nervousness apart, we were pleased to have the opportunity to thank the schools which already give such tremendous support to Cadets and to tell others in the audience about the benefits that we all enjoy.  I think everyone is very well aware of the opportunities for fitness, sport and outdoor adventure, but Cadet membership can also help you to earn valuable qualifications and achievements that will enhance your Personal Statement when you apply for university or improve your CV when you’re looking for a first job.

“I feel I’ve really benefited from my time in the Cadets, with loads of great experiences and, just as important, great friendships. It’s something I would recommend to other people and schools.”

Main picture above shows Amy with Mr David Livingstone, Principal of Armagh High School, and his wife, Lorraine.

The guests were also fortunate to be entertained by cadet musicians from across the province.  Pictured below are the cadets from the Newtownards Sea Cadet Drum Corps:

The guests at the Royal Gun Salute included members of CRAIC NI ((Cultivate Respect, Appreciate Inclusion in Communities in Northern Ireland), who are based in South Belfast. RFCA NI is looking forward to deepening its relationship with Craic NI with the development of bespoke diversity training for the cadet organisations and our adult volunteers – an initiative which will support our inclusive ethos.

Pictured below relaxing after the formalities of the occasion are, front row, from left: Cadet Company Sergeant Major Hannah Robinson; Marie Jeanne Umutesi; Eileen Chan-Hu (Craic NI); Aida Roslan and Cadet Company Sergeant Major Sarah McLoughlin and, back row, from left: Cadet Corporal Aimee Duncan; Patrick Bukingo Mdanga; Maciek Bator (Craic NI); Iain Stewart and Petty Officer Cadet Gareth Hampton.