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Royal honour for hard-working Army cadets

Morpeth Platoon Army Cadets being presented with the Community Award, sponsored by Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre, by Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor. Photographs by Mike Whittle

Morpeth Platoon Army Cadets being presented with the Community Award, sponsored by Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre, by Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor. Photographs by Mike Whittle

Army cadets in Morpeth have received the highest royal honour for community groups – the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.

The Morpeth Detachment of Northumbria Army Cadet Force is one of just three organisations in the North East to receive the honour this year, alongside Brunswick Methodist Church Volunteers and The People’s Kitchen.

It is the equivalent of the MBE, recognising outstanding contribution to the community.

The cadets are run by adult volunteers and offer young people aged 12 to 18 the opportunity to learn skills such as first aid and navigation, and take part in adventure training, shooting, sport and travel.

They help out at the Northumbrian Gathering, Fair Day, the Mayor’s Ball, clean-up days and Remembrance Sunday events, and organise collections for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Commanding Officer Major Gordon Watson said: “The Queen’s Award is a huge honour, it is the best award you can get for voluntary organisations. It is very humbling to get this recognition. We are very proud.”

Major Watson will represent the detachment at a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday, and the award, a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal, will be presented by Lord-Lieutenant the Duchess of Northumberland at a ceremony at Alnwick Castle later this month.

 

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