Gairloch Cadet Centre opened

April 28, 2017

The new Gairloch Cadet Centre has been officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Mrs Janet Bowen. 

Dignitaries from RAF Air Cadets, Highland Council, The Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association (RFCA) and Highland RFCA, who funded the building of the facilities, were in attendance, including the Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Commandant Group Captain Jim Leggat.

The new building will be used by 832 (Wester Ross) Squadron of the Air Cadets and replaces their old facility which is adjacent to the new building.

Unfortunately a Typhoon flypast which was to take place at 1930hrs with aircraft from 6 Squadron RAF Lossiemouth was cancelled due to low cloud.

The guests and cadets assembled inside the new building where Mrs Bowen inspected the cadet parade following which she gave a short presentation before unveiling a commemorative plaque celebrating the official opening of the building.

The 27 April event also saw Highland Wing Chaplain the Reverend Russel Smith performing a Dedication to the Unit, following which the Squadron Chaplain the Reverend Ron Whyte carried out an Induction Ceremony with new cadet squadron members.

Dignitaries, including HRFCA Chief Executive Mark Dodson, were then able to speak to cadets and watch them taking part in a variety of activities, including them showing off their flying prowess in a flight simulator.

The entrance to the new building.

Mrs Janet Bowen inspects the cadets.

Mrs Janet Bowen unveils the plaque.

The Lord Lieutenant chats to cadets during the inspection.