Star cadets gain top county posts for achievement


Star cadets from East Sussex including two from Eastbourne have been appointed Cadets of the Year and named as East Sussex Lord Lieutenant Cadets for 2014/15 – the most prestigious post for any Sussex cadet.

They are Cadet Sergeant Harry Beeching from Eastbourne College Combined Cadet Force, Cadet Corporal Thomas Hall from TS Eastbourne SCC (Royal Marines Cadet) and Cadet Sergeant Paige Jordan-Evans who lives in Eastbourne and is from 2262 (Bexhill) Squadron Air Training Corps.

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex appoints young people from each of the Armed Services to serve for one year as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets. These cadets are chosen in conjunction with the RFCA and are the star cadets in the various cadet forces. During their year as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets they will attend the Lord Lieutenant on a wide range of his duties including royal events and other great occasions.

Cadet Sergeant Harry Beeching, 17, who lives in Eastbourne, was thrilled to receive his award and said, “It is a great honour to receive this award and to represent my school and my country. I have learnt a huge amount from being in the CCF and I am very excited about taking up this position. To be selected means a great deal to me.”

Harry, who is in the Upper Sixth Form at Eastbourne College is studying economics, history and maths. His role at Eastbourne College CCF is that of a Platoon Sergeant, responsible for leading 40 cadets.

Cadet Corporal Thomas Hall, 16, lives in Eastbourne and is a Royal Marine Cadet at TS Eastbourne SCC. Tom is in his final year at Ratton School and has been a member of the SCC for four years. Tom said, “I am extremely proud and honoured to receive this award. It means so much to me because it shows that you get out what you put in.”

Paige Jordan-Evans, 17, lives in Eastbourne and has been a member of (Bexhill) Squadron ATC since 2010. A full time student, Paige also plays professional cricket alongside her studies. She said, “I feel proud to receive this award. It’s an amazing achievement that motivates me to continue putting all my efforts into cadets.”

Awards were given at the Lord Lieutenants of East and West Sussex Joint Annual Awards Ceremony. The Queen’s representative for East Sussex Peter Field said, “We are here to thank everyone on behalf of Her Majesty and our county for their devoted service and support for their community.”