Recently over 400 Kent Army Cadets took part in a once-in-a-lifetime parade at 36 Engineers, Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone. Cadets were joined by Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs), parents/carers and guardians and VIPs including: Brigadier Peter Gilbert TD DL, County Councillor Lesley Game, Chairman of Kent County Council and Councillor David Brake representing Medway Council.
After weeks of practice and preparation a moving drumhead service delivered by the Padre, Stefan Thomas was followed by the largest parade of Kent ACF cadets in its history.
A host of stands demonstrating army cadet activities showcased the exciting options open to young people and adults when they join. The stands included: First aid, a climbing wall, a shooting stand and a communications and information systems (CIS - including military radios).
Cadet William Murray from Sheerness Detachment said:
"Recently I took part in a parade at 36 Engineers at Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It was the biggest parade I have ever taken part in, meaning I got to meet people from all over the county which was a unique experience.
It was a very proud moment and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I was proud to wear my uniform and celebrate with the rest of the county."
Colonel Richard Long, TD, Commandant Kent ACF comments:
“I was delighted to see such a strong turnout from our cadets and adult instructors. Thank you to everyone for your effort in making it happen and to those who were able to attend in person.
Most importantly, it's very unlikely that any of us will ever see a Platinum Jubilee again and I hope it is something that the cadets will look back on and remember their parade with pride”.