Fire eating cadet appointed as Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet

27 September 2017

Cadet Sergeant Elizabeth Train-Brown, from Lincolnshire ACF’s Abbey detachment, has landed one of the top positions a cadet can achieve in the county by being named the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet. This means that she will escort The Queen’s representative in Lincolnshire, Lord-Lieutenant Toby Dennis, at events for the next 12 months.

However, the role of Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet isn't the only unusual thing about this 17-year-old.

“My dad has been with circuses for about 50 years. When he first saw a juggling act at a local circus in Lincoln he decided he wanted to do it and didn’t stop for weeks on end until he’d perfected it himself. He’s also worked as a rope spinner, grounds agent and publicity officer, and my parents worked alongside each other as clowns. My sister worked as a trapeze artist and gymnast," she said.

“My mum learned fire breathing and eating; however, when she became pregnant with me, she couldn’t continue the act due to the paraffin intake, so she taught herself face painting and we continue to run the Funny Faces business today.”

Elizabeth has learned more skills through cadets, including using her first aid training to potentially save a stranger’s life  after she witnessed them suffer a severe asthma attack, but she needed to demonstrate learning a new skill to help gain her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

After learning fire breathing, Elizabeth's back garden training sessions are now about perfecting the art of fire eating where the flames are extinguished in the mouth.

Elizabeth said: “Our training sessions occasionally surprise our neighbours, but after living either side of us for more than 20 years, our circus pre-performances in the back garden are relatively normalised.”

Elizabeth, who is currently studying for her A-Levels, has already performed fire breathing in front of the Mayor of Lincoln as part of her Duke of Edinburgh's examination, and her circus skills are sure to be a talking point for the Lord-Lieutenant. 

“I’ve been assured that Lincolnshire ACF Commandant Colonel Jeremy Field and the Lord-Lieutenant himself are equally excited to see me perform one of my circus acts!  

“It makes me excited and proud to entwine two huge parts of my life in the circus and cadets. The ACF presents so many opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else and opens up a whole new world of people to meet and share new experiences with. I’ve built strong relationships through cadets and experienced amazing opportunities.”