Lord Lieutenant of Rutland's new cadets invested in ceremony at Oakham Castle
The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland’s new cadets were invested in a ceremony that marked a return to normality.
Last year, Dr Sarah Furness hosted the event at Oakham Castle but Air Cadet Thomas Menzies and Army Cadet Ellie Jai were welcomed into the roles in a socially distanced ceremony with just six people present.
This year the three new cadets were able to be welcomed in the usual fashion during the ceremony, which took place on Thursday last week.
This year’s Lord Lieutenant Cadetsare Corporal Keshini Talbot, representing the Army, Corporal Alex Pound, representing the Army Combined Cadet Force, and and Sergeant Isla Crellin-Stimson, an Air Cadet.
Sarah was also able to wear her new female Lord Lieutenant uniform, which has recently been approved by the Queen.
Sarah said of the investiture: “It was a wonderful, well-attended occasion greatly enlivened by the support of 7 Royal Logistics based at Kendrew Barracks, which engaged the attention of all at the castle by setting up an exercise using night sights, brought equipment, and their extremely heavy body armour and packs.
“Having serving soldiers present meant cadets could ask them about the realities and possibilities of serving in the military.
“I am extremely grateful to 7 Royal Logistics for their support, for the wonderful organisation provided by the Reserve Force and Cadet Association particularly Major Breeze and to all the adult volunteers who run the cadet groups.
“Research has shown that becoming a cadet transforms the life chances and earning potential of an individual, whether or not they continue in the military.”
The day after the investiture all three new cadets supported Sarah by greeting those attending the High Sheriff’s Justice Service on Friday.