Cadets pledge unity with RBL

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A ceremony of affiliation was held by Sudbury Army Cadets to mark their joint efforts with the local Royal British Legion branch.

Special guest Brigadier Mark van de Lande OBE, who is head of cadets and reserves nationwide, kicked off the evening with a talk to members.

The ceremony included the signing of an affiliation agreement which signifies that both groups will work together in future fundraising efforts and events, including initiatives like the poppy appeal and remembrance day parades.

Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Sudbury branch, Stuart Hume, also attended to discuss his thoughts on ways the two groups can support each other.

Detachment commander for Sudbury Army Cadet Force, Sergeant Gordon Bird, said an affiliation with the local RBL branch is really important for the cadets.

“It’s getting these kids out in to the community and seeing how they can benefit and what their actions do to benefit the community,” he said.

Sgt Bird said the linking of the two groups acts as a mark of respect between the cadets and the RBL members, many of whom have previously served in the Army.

“It is like we are bringing the new and old together,” he said. “It’s quite exciting times.

“Our involvement with them and there’s with us will strengthen our position in the community and in the town.”

Like last year, both groups will work together to launch the poppy appeal, which proved particularly successful with the Sudbury branch, raising almost £40,000 in total.

Sgt Bird said members of the Sudbury cadet force, which is one of the biggest detachments in Suffolk, learn essential skills.