The Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan has described a group of award-winning cadets and volunteers from Bridgend and Porthcawl, as ‘the cream of the cream,’ as she celebrated the 15th year of her Lieutenancy.
As Her Majesty The Queen’s representative for the area, the Lord-Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Mrs Kate Thomas, held an awards ceremony at the University of South Wales conference centre in Pontypridd.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony which recognised the group’s achievements and she stressed the vital contribution of cadets to the county.
Mrs Thomas said: “I can’t believe this is my 15th year. There have been some remarkable young people who have helped myself and Mid Glamorgan, before disappearing off to do wonderful things around the world.”
There was special recognition for three teenagers who have represented the cadets alongside the Lord Lieutenant; Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF’s Cadet Company Sergeant Major Tyler Maidment from Bridgend, No 3 Welsh Wing ATC’s Cadet Sergeant Emily Taylor from Porthcawl and Cadet Warrant Officer Sami Bryant.
The trio were presented with a framed certificate and special badge from the Lord Lieutenant. They spent a year in the role and accompanied her at official engagements, including the Remembrance Day commemorations and Royal visits.
There were six recipients of Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service, including Petty Officer Rachel Keepings from Porthcawl Sea Cadet Corps. The cadet syllabus is delivered by hundreds of volunteering adult instructors and civilian assistants like Rachel, who give up their spare time on weeknights and weekends.
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