Dignitaries Witness Cadet Excellence at Holcombe Moor Training Centre

Dignitaries Witness Cadet Excellence at Holcombe Moor…

Dignitaries Witness Cadet Excellence at Holcombe Moor Training Centre

11 June 2024

  • Greater Manchester ACF

SMI Debbie Callaghan, County Media Officer

A great day at Holcombe Moor Training Centre saw dignitaries and distinguished guests from across Greater Manchester experience the Cadet Experience.

To start the day, our Commandant, Col Paul Smilie, gave an excellent presentation on the benefits of the Army Cadets for young people aged 12 to 18.

Before heading outside to tour the camp and meet more cadets and staff, the dignitaries witnessed several promotions. Hon Col Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, made the presentations.

  • SSI Steve Goddard was promoted from SI.
  • SMI Paul Clarke was promoted from SSI.
  • Capt Tak Chan received the Long Service Clasp for 18 years of volunteer service to the Army Cadets.

While touring the camp, the dignitaries witnessed the remarkable work and dedication of the adult volunteers and cadets. They were escorted around HMTC to observe cadets from the five companies attending the camp, who put on a display of activities including a First Aid demonstration of a car accident, Target Sprint, Archery, STEM, and Fieldcraft.

A huge thank you to the following dignitaries and guests for taking the time out of your busy schedules to visit Holcombe Moor Training Centre and see the cadets and staff in action:

• Hon Col Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, and her husband, Grahame Birtles

• High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Dr Eamonn O’Neal DL

• Bolton Mayor, Cllr Andrew Morgan & Mayoress Karen Holdsworth

• Bury Mayor, Cllr Khalid Hussain JP & Mayor Consort Mrs Carole Bernstein

• Oldham Deputy Mayor, Cllr Eddie Moores

• Stockport Mayor, Cllr Suzanne Wyatt & Mayor Consort

• Tameside Civic Mayor, Cllr Betty Affleck & Mayor Consort Declan Fitzpatrick

• Mr & Mrs Hayes

• Mr & Mrs Lupton

• Tracey Webster, CEO Pinnacle Risk

• Mr James Willmott, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Area Manager

• Louisa Blakemore, Employer Engagement Team, RFCA for the North West of England & the Isle of Man

Thank you also to the Mayors attendants and drivers for their interest in the work of the cadets and adult volunteers.

For more pictures from the day please click here

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Dignitaries Witness Cadet Excellence at Holcombe Moor Training Centre

Mayoral visit to witness Cadet Excellence at HMTC