Surrey Heath Mayor appoints first ever Mayor’s Cadets

Announced yesterday, 15th December 2016, by Surrey Heath Borough Council, [Click on image to expand]

The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr John Winterton, has appointed his first two Mayor’s Cadets.

Daniel Farrow and Libby Butler, who both attend Gordon’s School, West End, were presented with their Mayor’s Cadet sashes at the Full Council Meeting last night (Wed 14 Dec).

Daniel, 16, and Libby, 17, are both in Year 12 and members of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Gordon’s.

They were nominated by Squadron Leader Mockeridge and WO1 Philip Fox for their commitment to the Cadet section throughout their time at Gordon’s – Daniel in the RAF section and Libby in the Army section.

Lt Col Tim Cave-Gibbs from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst also attended the presentation ceremony, along with the Mayoress Mrs Di Winterton.

The Mayor’s Cadets are a new initiative in Surrey Heath, enhancing the Council’s historic links with the military in the Borough. There will be two cadets each year, a boy and a girl, who will serve for an academic year, from September to September.

Cllr Winterton said: “I am really pleased to welcome Libby and Daniel as my first Mayor’s Cadets. It seemed appropriate, given the strong and historical ties going back some 200 years, that the Borough has with the armed services establishments we have within and surrounding the Borough, such as the National Cadet Training Centre in Frimley Park, the Royal Logistic Corps in Deepcut, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, that we should recognise and strengthen these links by introducing a new role connected with the Mayor of Surrey Heath.

“They will be in office as cadets for their academic year, which means that they will have contact with two mayors during their time, and they will attend various civic events in the Borough, as well as the Remembrance and Armistice commemorations, and Armed Forces Day of course. I hope that this initiative will continue with future mayors in Surrey Heath.”

Libby, from Camberley, said: “Being selected as a Mayor’s Cadet is an honour, and we hope to represent all cadets with the utmost integrity.”

Libby has already undertaken various duties for Remembrance this year, including the two minutes silence on 11 November, and the Remembrance Sunday service and parade on the A30 on 13 November.

Daniel, from West End, added: “I’m extremely pleased with the appointment, and I’m looking forward to the responsibilities the role will bring. I look forward to inspiring more young people to join the cadets.”

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