East Cambridgeshire police cadets formally affiliated with Royal British Legion Soham branch at ceremony
PUBLISHED: 14:52 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:52 01 June 2017
The East Cambridgeshire police cadets have been formally affiliated with the Royal British Legion at the Soham branch in a ceremony.
The ceremony was hosted by Ronald Palmer, who is the president of the Soham branch of the Royal British Legion.
Each of the volunteers spoke about their role as a cadet, and what they have achieved while they have been with the police force.
Cadet leader Rebecca Avery spoke about the joint initiatives shared between cadets and the members of the RBL – including the restoration of war graves, the collection of money to support the annual Poppy Appeal, and contributing to the Remembrance Day parades locally.
The ceremony was also attended by Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Councillor Jason Ablewhite, and newly elected Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cllr James Palmer.
“They both spoke about how determined young people with positive intentions can make a substantial difference to their communities,” said a police spokesman.
A certificate of affiliation was signed by Mr Palmer and PC Emma Wilkinson, and the event ended with a buffet prepared by the ladies of the Royal British Legion.
Sergeant Phil Priestley, who also attended, said: “It is wonderful to see young people in the cadet movement working alongside service veterans of the older generation.
“It was a privilege to speak to Mr Palmer afterwards and I was surprised to learn that he is a veteran of the Second World War and campaigns in France, Holland and Germany.
“It’s very rare that you get a chance to meet and thank someone who served our country in World War Two.
“By affiliating the cadets with the Royal British Legion we are making a commitment to work together on more projects that we hope will bring the younger and the older generations together.
“The East Cambridgeshire district is about to embark on a substantial recruitment event for our cadets locally, and information has been distributed to all of our local schools.
“The cadet movement offers opportunities to young people between the ages of 12 and 18 – and if you or someone you know would like to become a police cadet, email email@example.com for joining information.”