The Queen’s representative for Gwynedd has paid tribute to all members of the Armed Forces community in the county.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Gwynedd, Edmund Seymour Bailey Esq, was speaking at his first ever virtual awards ceremony held to celebrate high achievers from the reserve and cadet communities.
He said, “The cadet association is a wonderful organisation which offers the benefit of training in the military, in youth work, in civilian qualifications and community work.
“This is provided on the whole by a voluntary team of dedicated officers and civilian instructors. Whilst congratulating the cadets on their success, I would also like to record my gratitude to those instructors for their vital role in their achievements.”
He continued by praising the work of reservists saying, “We are extremely fortunate to have such fine part-time soldiers, sailors and air personnel, they remain part of our community and we are especially proud of them and despite the changes in the way that they operate due to covid-19, their dedication remains the same in serving their country as reservists.”
The Lord-Lieutenant cadets for 2021 were appointed to their new role and they received a distinctive badge to mark the occasion. The role includes accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant at official engagements, such as Royal visits and Remembrance services, and representing cadets throughout the county.
The line-up of Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets for 2021 were Cadet Corporal Elise Faragher from Tywyn, of Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force and Cadet Sergeant Mia Jones from Anglesey, of No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets.
For carrying out the role in 2020, the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge was presented to Cadet Corporal Osian Rees-Jones from Caernarfon, of Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF and Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Marsh from Bangor, of No 2 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets.
Six people were presented with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit for outstanding service and devotion to duty.
They were Petty Officer Daniel Jones of Holyhead Sea Cadet Corps; Sergeant Becky Millar of Holyhead Royal Marine Cadet Detachment; Major Wendy Thomas from Anglesey of Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF; Staff Sergeant Instructor John Owen from Caernarfon of Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF; Captain Ann Bunn from Ynys Mon of St Brigids School Combined Cadet Force and Mr Craig Tildesley of Holyhead Sea Cadet Corps.
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.