23 February 2012
Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force held an official opening ceremony for the new Army Cadet Force (ACF) centre in Victoria Street, Hednesford on the evening of 23 February.
Sir James Hawley KCVO TD JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.
The launch coincided with the Army Cadets’ parade night, giving visitors and guests the opportunity to see the varied training taking place. They also met local Cadets and Adult Instructors and took a tour of the new centre which features a shooting range, parade room, lecture space, offices and a parade square.
Sir James, who has represented the County for the last 17 years and is the fourth Lord Lieutenant appointed in the last 100 years, said “It’s very nice to see the Cadets so strong here, and to have a new Detachment is really wonderful. In light of all the cutbacks its very good to see something like this which is magnificent and I have great pleasure in declaring Hednesford Detachment open “.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Cadets & Youth Committee, the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Staffordshire County Council and developers St. Modwen.
John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “We have built the new ACF centre as part of the £50 million Hednesford Gateway development. It’s good to see cadets and staff benefitting from the new facilities and hope it incentivises more young people to become cadets.”
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