Hardworking Army Cadets from Moray have had their community work recognised.
The Cadets from Forres Detachment, 1st Battalion the Highlanders, won the battalion’s Community Champion Award for their work within the community over the last year.
As part of the Army Cadet Force National Community Week the award was introduced to highlight the work Cadets do throughout the year within the community.
Detachment Instructor Staff Sergeant Instructor Graeme Wells said: “Forres have celebrated a bumper year of achievement in helping charities, their local community and taking part in ceremonial activities. The detachment are always looking for new ways to help out with the community and almost a month does not go by without them being involved in some form of community activity.”
Some of the community activities the Cadets have helped with include car marshalling for Forres Theme Day and poppy selling on Forres High Street during the Poppy Appeal as well as the town’s Remembrance Parade. The Cadets even acted as backstage crew for The Varis Players three-day performance of ‘Blithe Spirit’ last June.
The overall Community Champion was selected by the Battalion’s Commandant Colonel Iain Cassidy who had a tricky job as each of the battalion’s thirty-two detachments do a wonderful job within the community. Forres was ultimately chosen due to their outstanding work last September with Forres in Bloom and other local community groups in their conservation work at the Nimrod Memorial Gardens.
The detachment received their Community Champion certificate during their company training weekend at Dingwall, in front of their fellow cadets of Moray Company. By receiving this award the detachment has now been nominated for the National Community Champion for the whole of the Army Cadet Force.