HRH the Princess Royal visited Honiton on Friday 15 July in order to officially open the town’s recently built Joint Cadet Centre. Princess Anne was welcomed to the Joint Cadet Centre by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Mr David Fursdon.
The Joint Cadet Centre is shared by the town’s Army and Air Cadet units who parade at the building on separate nights. The purpose built Cadet Centre includes an indoor rifle range, classrooms, stores and office facilities with a shared parade area. The new classroom facilities provide an ideal venue for training although both the Army and Air Cadets spend much of their time outside taking part in Fieldcraft, Adventure Training, Flying, Gliding and Sports.
Princess Anne was given a tour of the facility and met many of the town’s young Army and Air Cadets together with their Volunteer Staff. Demonstrations of various Cadet training activities were provided including First Aid, Fieldcraft, Target Shooting and a Flight Simulator. Citizenship training is also a significant part of both the Army and Air Cadets training syllabus.
Princess Anne spoke with many Cadets and asked questions about their Cadet Force training & experience and was particularly interested in their future career aspirations.
Media Communications Officer, Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe said, “The MOD is investing in the future of youth via the Cadet Forces. The Joint Cadet Centre at Honiton is a good example of this policy, allowing both the town’s Cadet units to expand. Our Royal visit has been enjoyed by all the Cadets, their parents and the Volunteer Staff alike, a very memorable day”.