9 December 2019
Cadets from Ely detachment made a fantastic effort fundraising at The Central Band of The Royal British Legion's Christmas Concert on Saturday, at Ely Cathedral. This was a great opportunity for the cadets to represent the ACF at a public event, which they did enthusiastically and made a great impression on many of the visitors they spoke to. As well as representing the ACF, the cadets were there to raise money for the British Legion, which they did by walking round and collecting donations during the interval and at the end, with many people stopping to congratulate them on the effort they had made.
The music was beautifully performed in the grand setting of the cathedral, and included many Christmas carols and popular hymns. The conductor was Captain David Cole, whose warm personality and humour did a great deal to brighten a cold winter evening. Captain Cole has had a distinguished career, having previously been director of music for both The Royal Marine's band at Portsmouth and the Royal Yacht Britannia. The RBL band has existed for 71 years and consists of around 45 players, many of whom are ex military. They proudly represent the British Legion, and work hard to help raise money to help servicemen and women in need and remember those who have lost their lives.
As well as enjoying the concert, the cadets who attended this event were able to support the important work of The Royal British Legion, raise a great deal of money for this great cause, and contribute to a positive public perception of the Army Cadet Force.
Photos taken by PI Doug Stuart