20 May 2013
The UK’s most decorated serving soldier and Patron of the ACFA’s Outreach programme, Johnson Beharry VC, has met Army Cadets and other young people working with the movement in Brecon on Saturday 23 February.
The youth diversion programme works with young people in schools at risk of exclusion or social disengagement. Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in risking his own life to save members of his unit in Iraq in 2005, met with the teenagers from Blackwood Comprehensive School who are currently engaged with the programme. He met them at the Infantry Statue at the entrance to Dering Lines Infantry Training base in Brecon. The hands of the statue are modelled on Beharry’s and this was the first time he had seen the finished statue.
That evening Johnson Beharry attended the Gwent & Powys ACF annual Rorke’s Drift Concert at Theatr Brecheiniog, where he presented the Fred Smith Award to Cadet Adam Wilson, of the Gwent & Powys ACF Band. The award is presented annually to the cadet who shows most musical promise.
Colonel Russell Stafford-Tolley, of the Brecon based Outreach Programme said at the concert: “Johnson Beharry VC really enjoyed himself. He had lots of attention and plenty of people wanting photographs taken with him.”