Cadets on parade for special awards night

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Two high-achieving accolades have been presented to No 19 Hailsham Platoon Army Cadets by the Town Mayor at their annual awards presentation evening.

The first award saw Cadet Chloe Slade being presented with the Attendance Cup for achieving 100 per cent attendance for the year.

The second award – Most Improved Cadet – was presented to Cadet Alexa Loft for her hard work out side of the unit and helping new recruits.

Cadets were presented with a range of other awards, badges and certificates on the night including those for Best New Recruit and Best Uniform. Shields were handed over to winners of the Best Achievement and also for the Team of the Year, while a special picture frame was presented to the Best Cadet overall.

Dignitaries in attendance at the presentation included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Major General John Moore-Bick and Royal British Legion Hailsham Branch Chairman Mike Weller, as well as the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley.

Cllr Bentley was delighted to present accolades to some of the cadets who have worked hard to achieve many goals throughout the past year. She said, “The annual awards presentation demonstrated how far our Army Cadets have come and how much they have learnt and progressed as a team and indeed as individuals.

“I congratulate all these young people for all that they do for the local community and congratulations especially to the award winners.

“It’s a real achievement to receive such recognition.

“I’m very grateful also to the cadet leaders and adult volunteers who give up their time week after week to support our young cadets.

“We must remember that without the support of volunteer staff none of this would be possible. Here’s to the next 12 months for the No 19 Hailsham Platoon Cadets.”

Tristan Martin, who is the Commander for the unit, said, “This year’s awards evening has been exceptionally special as it saw the introduction of a new award for a cadet who has dedicated the most time to the community.

“We are all proud of what the cadets have achieved this year, even an adult instructor was presented with an award which shows the hard work that everyone puts in to make the unit work for the young people of Hailsham.”

The No. 19 Hailsham Platoon (Army Cadet Force) is an organisation open to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years (Year 8+). The platoon meets twice weekly at the Cadet Headquarters (Victoria Hall, Victoria Road) on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Meetings occasionally take place at weekends and a summer camp is arranged once a year, usually in August.

Anyone interested in joining the platoon should call 07749 063563 (evenings) or email