Melbourn’s army cadet detachment marches again after three years

The new Melbourn recruits with Lt Simon Wright, left, Major Steve Swann, right, and LCpl George May

The new Melbourn recruits with Lt Simon Wright, left, Major Steve Swann, right, and LCpl George Maye, 15, of Royston Detachment Picture: Courtesy of Col Mark Knight - Credit: Archant

The Melbourn detachment of Cambridgeshire’s Army Cadet Force has reopened to new recruits after three years.

The new Melbourn recruits, with LCpl George Maye, and the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

The new Melbourn recruits, with LCpl George Maye, and the Royal British Legion Riders Branch. - Credit: Archant

In total, 13 youngsters have already signed up – and detachment commander Lt Simon Wright gave a presentation on what cadets can expect and a tour of the detachment building, opposite the village college in The Moor.

The Royal British Legion Riders Branch also went along to support the opening and to give a talk on the work of the Riders Branch.

The riders explained the close links they have with Cambs’ Army Cadets, particularly with the ‘876 Remembered Project’ – remembering the 876 Cambridgeshire Regiment soldiers who died in the First World War.

Major Steve Swann, commander of No 2 Company, said: “We are very pleased with the local interest and hope that the detachment will grow in numbers once word spreads on what’s on offer.”


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Children must be aged at least 12 to join. Uniform is free, except for boots, and cadets can leave at any time.

Anyone interested can just pop along on any Tuesday evening, ideally with a parent, to have a look at what’s on offer.

You can also go to armycadets.com/join-cadets

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