Words & pictures by WO2 (SMI) Peter Russell/County PR Officer
The run up to Remembrance Sunday is always a hectic and important time for Army Cadets, with poppy selling helping them on their way to attaining one of their important goals - a Cadet in the Community tick in the box - as well as providing valuable support to The Royal British Legion.
Capt Eddie McGee and PI Nathan Cook from Shepton Mallet Platoon, along with cadets LCpl Ben Toombs, Cdt Billy Sheppard and Cdt Lewis Brunt indoors - with other cadets outside to catch the stragglers - set up their stall in Tesco for their poppy campaign.
Amazingly, in one of those incredible coincidences that sometimes happen, one of the first visitors to the stall turned out to be a former cadet and then a CFAV from Normandy Company, on her only visit back to Somerset, Stephanie Burt (neé Harris), from her home in Hampshire! It’s nine years since she left and moved away but the old ties and emotions are still very strong, showing just how important Army Cadets continues to be in many people’s lives.
With a wide ranging array of RBL poppies, including knitted ones, and other attractive goodies Shepton Mallet Platoon, from Normandy Company, were well placed to successfully catch almost everyone leaving the store and hope to do very well as a result of everyone giving up their valuable weekend free time for such a good cause
Could you ask for more?