26 June 2012
This year’s Uniform to Work Day on June 27 saw cadets and adult volunteers from the Army Cadet Force up and down the country donning their uniforms to show their support for members of the Armed Forces. The event was closely followed by Armed Forces Day on June 30.
Workplaces and schools saw camouflage and full military uniforms being worn by reservists, cadet leaders and cadets of all ages and roles. One adult volunteer, Sgt. Elliot Roffey of Middlesex & NW London ACF, is a building porter for the TUC’s Congress House by day. On Uniform to Work Day, he took care of the post, ran the stores and looked after reception in his C95s.
“I was a cadet myself,” said Sgt. Roffey, “and I loved the outdoor part, the camping, getting mucky and all the activities. Later I came back as an adult volunteer to give the young people some of the fun and opportunities that I’d had as a teenager. I’m very proud of what the Army Cadets stands for, which is why I’m happy to take part in Uniform to Work Day. My employer has been enormously supportive.”
Norton Hill School of Midsomer Norton (pictured) also saw cadets from Somerset ACF showing their support by wearing their uniforms in classes, as did geography teacher and ACF adult volunteer Sgt Andrew Proctor, an Adult Instructor. They were warmly praised by the school’s headteacher Peter Beaven, whosaid that he was impressed by the number of students who wore their uniforms and the strong emphasis on volunteering in the community.
Employees of Travis Perkins were pleasantly surprised to find several of their colleagues in Leics, Northants & Rutland ACF come into work in uniform. 2Lt Peplow, Company SMI Walding, SMI Crossley, SMI Gilkes and SI Tunney all work in the company’s head office and 2Lt Peplow paid tribute to “the men and women who carry out a public service in addition to their full-time job by serving their country in their spare time”.
SSI Dani Casey of Beds & Herts ACF (pictured), who works for NatWest, went to work in uniform too and was able to draw attention to the role played by Beds & Herts ACF’s members in everyday life, which might not have previously been known to friends, colleagues and members of the public.