20 December 2011

HRH Prince Edward last week (13th December) met cadets from across Gloucestershire who are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Local young people representing all four Cadet Forces talked to the Earl of Wessex about their involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and highlighted some of their proudest achievements and recent activities.

Sergeant Frances Cross, 17, a member of the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force and currently working towards her Gold Award, met Prince Edward: "He asked me what has been the highlight of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. I told him about our recent visit to Nepal and how I have helped establish a link between their primary school and my local village, Cinderford. We've since donated clothes and school equipment. For me, the best thing about being a cadet is being able to have experiences like this."

Colonel Lance Ranson, Commandant of the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force, welcomed His Royal Highness during the visit and presented VIP guests Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Commander of (43 Wessex) Brigade, Brigadier Tony Dalby-Welsh, Chief Executive of the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and representatives from all cadet services.

Picture: Major John Osborne, the D of E Officer introducing Cadet Colour Serjeant Chris Naumann and Cadet Serjeant Frances Cross to HRH.

News article and picture by Michael Nolan.