Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Clwyd, Henry George Fetherstonhaugh OBE FRAgS has paid tribute to the work of adult volunteers when he spoke at his first ever virtual awards ceremony.

The Queen’s representative for Clwyd said, “It is true to say that we would not have our Cadet Forces as we know them today without the superb dedication and commitment of the officers and adult volunteers who give up their time to make the organisations work.

“What’s more in these bizarre times you have developed an online training system using the virtual space so that your invaluable work has been able to carry on. We salute your endeavours and thank you most sincerely.”

The virtual awards ceremony to celebrate high achievers from the reserve and cadet communities was held on Thursday, May 13.

Three young people  Cadet Company Sergeant Major Ethan Thompson from Chester of Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet Force; Cadet Warrant Officer Oliver Heard-Edwards from Wrexham of No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Flight Sergeant Harriet Gaskin from Rhuddlan of St Brigid’s School Combined Cadet Force were appointed to the role of Lord-Lieutenant cadet for 2021.(pictured below in chronological order)

The role which lasts for one year includes attendance with the Lord-Lieutenant at a number of official engagements such as Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.

They three will follow in the footsteps Cadet Sergeant Major Fern Colson and Cadet Sergeant Harvey McGow-Stone of Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF; Cadet Warrant Officer Llyon Morgan-Read of St Brigid’s School CCF and Cadet Warrant Officer Jessica Forde of No2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets, who is now Sergeant Jessica Forde, an adult instructor with No 2 Welsh Wing, who were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge for being the 2020 representatives.(pictured below)

Four adults were also recognised for their outstanding service and devotion to duty and awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit.

They were Lieutenant Commander Keith McDermott of North West Sea Cadet Corps; Sub Lieutenant Joshua McDermott of Connah’s Quay Sea Cadet Corps; Sergeant Major Instructor Barrie Reid  of Clwyd & Gwynedd ACF and Flight Sergeant Thomas Griffiths of No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets. (pictured below in chronological order)

There are more than 1,200 volunteers across Wales who help over 4,400 active Cadets. They provide opportunities and inspiration to the next generation. This is often delivered through life changing experiences, skills and qualifications.

The awards ceremony was organised by RFCA for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years.

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