Lord-Lieutenant recognises Fortrose volunteer

June 3, 2024
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SSI Flora Thompson receiving a certificate from the Lord Lieutenant.

A Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) from the Black Isle has been recognised by the Lord-Lieutenant for her almost twenty years of Youth Work.

Staff Sergeant Instructor Flora Thomson (62), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force’s Fortrose Detachment, was presented with a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service on 13 May.

Flora joined the Army Cadets in September 2004 as an instructor with Fortrose Detachment and took over the role as its Commander in 2013. Coming into the organisation with no prior experience of the cadets or the military she quickly gained the knowledge and tools to enable her to deliver teaching at the Detachment. Throughout her almost two decades as a volunteer Flora has shown an outstanding commitment in delivering the Cadet Experience to all of her cadets and care to cadets and adults who meet her. Her passion for the wellbeing of cadets has helped many a young person over the years who has experienced homesickness at weekends or Annual Camp.

A group of 10 cadets and adults.
Flora (holding certificate) with cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) with the Lord-Lieutenant (back, centre) and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant (back, left).

The presentation of Staff Sergeant Instructor Thomson’s certificate took place at the Cadet Hall in Fortrose in front of her cadets and fellow volunteers. The certificate was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ross & Cromarty, Mrs Joanie Whiteford. Also in attendance was Captain Debra Ennis, Inverness Company Commander and the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Ross & Cromarty Angus Watson MBE.

After the presentation Flora said: “I am very humbled to receive the award for 19 years’ service to the Army Cadet Force, soon to be 20.”

Fortrose Detachment meets every Monday evening at the Cadet Hall on Rose Street between 1830 and 2030hrs. Find out more about Army Cadets.

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