16 May 2017
Recently Cadet Corporal Chantelle Hughes, 16 from St Mary’s Bay detachment was presented with the unique Mayor’s cadet badge at a civic ceremony. The Mayor of Lydd, Councillor Robert Jones presented Corporal Hughes with her badge and welcomed her to the role which will last for a year.
The Mayor’s cadet will accompany Councillor Jones on various civic engagements including Remembrance Day and other local events. Those appointed may also get involved in assisting at church services, parades, and awards ceremonies and in meeting Royal visitors.
The Mayor said:
“It was with great pleasure that I acknowledged the enrolment of my cadet. Having been re-elected for a second term as Mayor, it is an honour and a privilege to have Chantelle Hughes at my side for next year’s civic engagements, wearing the Cinque Ports badge in our name. It will add a sense of occasion and hopefully, a rewarding experience for Chantelle”.
Cadet Corporal Hughes, said:
“I am extremely honoured and proud to be asked to be the Mayor’s Cadet for Lydd, I am extremely pleased to be able to represent my detachment and Kent ACF.
I look forward to working with the Mayor and attending all of the events and assisting the Mayor with his civic duties for the year, I shall do my best to uphold this proud position”.
Chantelle’s father is also at St Mary’s Bay detachment as an instructor and is super proud as is the Commandant of Kent ACF, Colonel Chris Gilbert who said:
“As well as the prestigious title of Mayor's Cadet, other ceremonial roles to which cadets can aspire include the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and the High Sheriff's Cadet. The roles usually last for one year and are awarded to outstanding young people who have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people.
Cadets are initially nominated by senior officers in their detachments. We were pleased to recognise Chantelle’s dedication to the ACF and were pleased to put her forward; she’ll be a great ambassador for us in the community”.