Angus and Dundee Battalion, Army Cadet Force had the privilege of parading through Forfar town centre a week past Sunday as part of the ‘Cadet Sunday’ experience.
Once a year, cadets from all over the United Kingdom parade through their local towns and cities to celebrate the honour and prestige of being a member of the Army Cadet Force, the oldest youth organisation in Great Britain.
Many of the celebrations culminate in a church service to celebrate the formation of the movement.
It is also a good opportunity to recruit both young people and adults into this organisation.
Adults and Cadets from Angus and Dundee formed up in the Territorial Army Centre in Castle Street, marching onwards and upwards to the Cross, right wheeling and digging their heels in as they continued to march up East High Street.
They were halted outside St John’s Episcopal Church where the cadets then filed into the church.
The Angus and Dundee ACF Padre, the Rev. Andy McAfferty, also happens to be the minister of St John’s Church.
As always, the Rev. McAfferty provided an outstanding service for the gathered congregation of local residents as well as adults and cadets from all over Angus and Dundee Area. The Rev. Joe Morrow, chaplain of Glamis Castle, also preached at the service.
The event itself was special for one cadet in particular, Cadet Company Sergeant Major Darren Scott, of Brechin Black Watch Detachment.
Darren was presented with his Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate by the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne during the church service.
This is a special award presented to an exemplary cadet who has proved himself to be a worthy recipient of the award.
Darren, for the next year, will accompany the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus in many of her duties in and around Angus such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Services.
A second ceremony also held in St John’s Church saw the dedication of theAngus Cadet Banner.
The banner was carried for the first time by Cadet Sergeant Stewart Fertacz of Forfar Black Watch Detachment.
The banner was handed over to the Lord-Lieutenant of Angus by the Battalion’s Honorary Colonel Kenny Simpson, a previous Battalion Commandant, who then handed it over to Stewart.
The Battalion are currently recruiting boy and girls into local detachments.
If you are 12 years of age or over and are due to start high school after the summer holidays, then either go down to your local detachment or telephone 01382 533349 to find out more about the Army Cadets and what the organisation can offer you.