SI James Hutton, Bury Detachment, No 1 (Minden) Company
Bury Detachment recently welcomed Mr James Daly, the Conservative MP for Bury North.
Mr Daly is passionate about education as well as the armed forces community, being a part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Group.
Bury Detachment falls within Mr Daly’s constituency. This was his first visit to the Detachment, and he was very impressed with how well the cadets were getting involved in their training and the hard work of the Adult Volunteers.
Mr Daly took time to speak with all the cadets, asking them about their cadet experience as well as how they felt that being a cadet had made a positive impact on their lives. Many of the cadets mentioned teamwork and increasing their self-confidence.
Mr Daly observed several of the lessons being delivered over the evening. He noted how the lessons were well delivered by the staff and senior cadets. It is an important part of the senior cadet’s development to be able to teach effectively. Not only does it reinforce their subject knowledge but fosters self-confidence when speaking to groups – a very important life skill – useful in higher education and employment.
Sergeant Major Toner, the Detachment Commander was especially looking forward to the visit – he is one of Mr Daly’s constituents.
The visits by local MPs are testament to the importance the Cadet Forces play in the local community. It also shows that local MPs are interested in the way the Army Cadet Force can improve the lives of both the cadets and the adult volunteers.
SI James Hutton who organised the MP visit stated, “We have hosted two of Bury MPs. They have seen first-hand how their constituents are working hard to develop themselves and gain new skills. Both MP’s have promised to promote the role of the Cadet Forces in upcoming Parliamentary business.”
SMI Toner said, “As a Detachment we are immensely proud that both of Bury MP’s have taken time from their busy schedules to speak with our cadets.”