Army cadets battle for the Poppy Appeal

Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Russell Forsyth and wife Christine, with members of Fleetwood Army Cadets.'At the back are L/Cpl Patrick Steen and L/Cpl Ross Powell, and on the front row are cadet Victoria Cowell and Commanding Officer Lt Su Harrison.

Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Russell Forsyth and wife Christine, with members of Fleetwood Army Cadets.'At the back are L/Cpl Patrick Steen and L/Cpl Ross Powell, and on the front row are cadet Victoria Cowell and Commanding Officer Lt Su Harrison.

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WYRE’S Army Cadets have proved to be more than a dab hand at fund-raising for good causes.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, praised Thornton and Fleetwood Cadets for their sterling efforts with last year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Thornton won the overall award in the Lord Lieutenant’s annual Poppy Appeal competition after raising a staggering £7,597,

Fleetwood’s detachment, which raised £1,700, finished second ahead of rivals from across the county.

Lt Su Harrison, commanding officer at Fleetwood, was beaming with pride as her cadets marched out in front of the mayors, mayoresses and other dignitaries at the presentation ceremony.

The event was hosted by British Aerospace at Kimberley Barracks, Preston.

Lt Harrison said: “I am really delighted to see the Cadets rewarded for all their hard work and commitment to the Poppy Appeal.

“Fund raising is something that out cadets at Fleetwood do all year round and we have supported a number of good causes.

“In fact we have another fund-raiser lined up for this month.”

The cadets will be taking part in the annual sponsored walk being organised by Fleetwood Cancer Research Committee on Sunday May 22.

Lt Harrison added: “We have taken part in this for the last three years and each time we have beaten the previous year’s total.

“This year we have set ourselves the target of £1,000 and we are confident of reaching it!”

The detachment is now seeking new recruits to keep up the good work.

Young people who are interested in a variety of activities including Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, expeditions, field craft, target shooting, adventure training and first aid are welcome to come and see what the Army Cadet Force is all about.

Fleetwood detachment parades Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm at their base on Preston Street, opposite Fleetwood Gasworkers Club (The Tank).

The Army Cadet Force is a national voluntary youth organisation, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence to train young people in activities such as adventure training, fieldcraft and map reading.

Cadets wishing to join should be aged between 12 (Year 8) and 18 and adult volunteers wishing to join should be aged between 18 and 55.

Contact Lancashire Army Cadet Force Headquarters on (01772) 717078 or see the website http://www.armycadets.com/county/lancashire/home/