12 June 2019
Although the weather wasn’t at its best, it didn’t dampen the celebratory mood of the guests as they gathered alongside the guest from around the UK to observe the 21-gun salute by 101(Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery in the Museum Gardens. For many of the attendees it was the first time they have witnessed the annual tribute to the Queen.
The event was even more special for the those in attendance
as it was also a celebration of 40 years of women in the Cadet Force. The first women to become adult volunteers in the Cadet Force began a
trial in 1978 and the first girls allowed to join in 1979. Now 34% of cadets
and 30% of CFAV are female.
Following the salute, all the guests headed to the Officers Mess at Imphal Barracks in York, where the guests gathered to share stories about their time as a cadet or CFAV over the past 40 years and how things have changed.
Cadet Hailee Crossley-Rea said: “I was really excited to be given the chance to travel to York and see this event, it’s not every day you get asked to go somewhere as a junior cadet and I was really grateful”
Sgt Hannah White said about the day: “To be invited to such an important event was a true privilege. It was most definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am so grateful that I was selected to represent my County, especially as we were also celebrating 40 years of females been in the ACF. An absolutely momentous day neve to be forgotten.”
RSMI Samantha Robinson said: “joining in this celebration for the Queen’s birthday was an amazing experience and not one that I will forget any time soon, but to also celebrate 40 years of woman in the Army Cadet Force and having every rank represented by a female was outstanding and looked amazing on the pictures taken.”