A 14-year-old member of Crowland Army Cadets has spoken of her pride marching in the town’s Remembrance Day Parade.
Stevie Bedwell-Byatt said that a year ago it was feared the detachment might have to fold through dwindling membership and support.
Cadets felt privileged to take part in the parade and wanted to do the detachment proud.Stevie Bedwell-Byatt
But members stood proud alongside other groups on Sunday, marching from Crowland Abbey in North Street to the memorial in East Street, where wreaths were laid.
Stevie said: “Remembrance Day is the time of year that we commemorate those who have fought in the Great War for us.
“This time of year is more significant for me because I am an Army Cadet for the Crowland detachment and this has helped me become more aware of the importance of this special day.
“When I joined the Army Cadets two years ago, there were only a few of us, at the most 15.
“A year after, we started decreasing in numbers but, out of those who stayed, we didn’t let it affect us.
“I have met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends on camp and in detachment, and becoming an Army Cadet is something I’ll never ever regret.
“I couldn’t be more proud than this to say I’m an Army Cadet. In comparison to Long Sutton, Deeping or Stamford we are a very small detachment but we don’t let it get to us in any competition we are in. We always try our hardest and we aim to be the best.
“Being a girl I didn’t expect to be accepted the way I was. All of the cadets welcomed me with open arms and we do the same to any new recruits.
“In the last six months we have grown in numbers and we now have 21 cadets.
“All the new recruits were ready to face their first challenge with Remembrance Sunday. I have spoken to most of them and they said they felt privileged to take part in the parade and wanted to do the detachment proud.”
Crowland Amy Cadets meet in the children’s services building, next to St Guthlac School, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9.15pm.
Anyone between the ages of 12 (or in Year Eight at school) and 18 can join.
As well as parading with pride on Remembrance Day, activities include sleeping out under the stars and cooking, trekking over unknown countryside, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and overseas expeditions.
Members become proficient in map reading, first aid, field craft and weapon handling and are given the opportunity to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information on how to join, or get involved, visit www.armycadets.com