Cadets get town ready for Queen's birthday

Berwick's army cadets have taken up the Army Cadet Force national challenge of Going Further in the local community.

Thursday, 21st April 2016, 7:38 am
Berwicks army cadets have taken up the Army Cadet Force national challenge of #GoingFurther in the local community.

A packed week of events has already seen the cadets tidying up the area of the Castlegate War Memorial, restoring the gates of Berwick Youth Project, hosting a visit from Spittal Brownies and donating to and volunteering at the local foodbank.

Tonight, the cadets will attend three dedication ceremonies at the sites of the trees they planted recently as part of a project with the town council, to commemorate of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The dedications will be attended by local vicars, the Mayor and town councillors and all are welcome to join the services at Spa Well, Spittal (4.45pm), Dock Road (5.15pm) and Coronation Park (5.45pm).

Following the services, the cadets will be joined by the civic party and guests at a birthday tea party in the Drill Hall.

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At 8pm tonight, two Army cadets will light the beacon at Windmill Bastion as part of a national chain, which will begin with the Queen lighting the first beacon to celebrate her birthday. Members of the public are invited to join the lighting ceremony.

The last event of the day for the busy Berwickers is to head to Tweedmouth, where, at 9.30pm, birthday girl Cadet Niamh Campbell will change the colours of the lights of Royal Border Bridge to red, white and blue.

Platoon Commander, Lt Debra Jerdan, said: “Being at the very heart of our community is important to all of us at Berwick Detachment.

“The volunteering ethos of the cadets and adults is second to none. I am extremely proud of them all and it is a privilege to work alongside the volunteers of the present and of the future.

“Receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (the MBE for groups) was the ultimate honour for us and taking part in this national challenge on the week of her 90th birthday has given our community work a very special focus.

“I would like to the thank the town council, in particular Cllrs Gordon McLean and Alex Gibson and the town clerk Wendy Pattison for their support with the events taking place today.”