HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets Ready for Service

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, recently appointed her Cadets for 2019/2020 at a ceremony held at Flitwick & Ampthill Sea Cadet Unit by kind permission of Chairman Nigel Cross.

Photo Left to Right: Cadet Sergeant Leah Flores, Cadet Warrant Officer Louise Keetley, Leading Cadet Kate Travers, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, Fire Cadet Ryan Harper, Cadet Sergeant Harilaos Karavaggelis and Leading Cadet Elisabeth Allison.

Dignitaries present at the ceremony included the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Meryl Dolling, Deputy Mayor of Luton Cllr Maria Lovell, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council Cllr Brian Saunders, Mayor of Flitwick Cllr Philip Thompson, Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller CBE QFSM MStJ DL, Chief Constable Garry Forsyth and the President of St John’s Ambulance Anthony Duggan OBE. They were joined at the ceremony by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith MBE, representatives from the various Cadet organisations, Deputy Lieutenants and Cadets’ family members and friends.

The role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets is to support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her duties and their selection and appointment acknowledge their outstanding contribution to their Cadet service and to the community.

This year’s Cadets are:
Leading Cadet Elisabeth Allison (Flitwick & Ampthill Sea Cadets),
Cadet Sergeant Leah Flores (Beds & Herts Army Cadet Force),
Cadet Sergeant Harilaos Karavaggelis (Bedford School Combined Cadet Force),
Cadet Warrant Officer Louise Keetley (Sandy Air Training Corps),
Fire Cadet Ryan Harper (Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service),
Leading Cadet Kate Travers (St John Ambulance).

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are the finest of the many talented young people in the Cadet forces within Bedfordshire. They are excellent leaders and a credit to their organisations and to the county.

Speaking after the commissioning, the Lord-Lieutenant said: “It is always a pleasure to work alongside some of the finest young people in Bedfordshire. I am delighted to commission seven new Lord-Lieutenant Cadets who follow in the footsteps of the extraordinary Lord-Lieutenant Cadets who have supported me for the past eight years. I am looking forward to the year ahead and watching them flourish.”

source: JS, CBC

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