Lord Lieutenant Unveils Plaque For Cadets’ 40th Anniversary

Lady Holborow with Islands' Army Cadet Leader, Tony Smith

The outgoing Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, has unveiled a plaque at the army cadet hut on the Garrison to commemorate 40 years of the islands’ platoon.

She met with cadets, their leaders and Council members and officials on Saturday afternoon during a reception at the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

Lady Mary says the islands have a special place in her heart and she’s been keen to serve Scilly and recognise the islands’ independence from Cornwall. She says she has enjoyed her visits here, both official and private.

Lady Mary says she’s seen some aspects of islands’ life that you may not expect the Queen’s official representative to experience. One of her first duties here was a drive in the St Mary’s fire engine and a trip to the sewage works!

Lady Mary says the Lord Lieutenant role has a long history linked to the original militia forces in the area and she says this endures in the strong link to the TA and army cadet platoons.

Tony Smith, the army cadets leader on the islands was concerned that Lady Mary would not make it to the event because of the weather bringing flight delays. There was a last-minute reorder of the itinerary and, to add to Tony’s problems, the exhaust fell off the car that was going to be used to ferry the party around on Friday.

Cadet Lance Corporal Caylem Gaulton is aiming for an army career

Tony, who has worked with the cadets since 1971, says he is proud when looks at how former cadets’ lives have worked out so well. He says the cadets can often give youngsters a real direction in life, and he says the ones that come in as rowdy or disruptive often go on to have the most fulfilling careers.

The budget cutbacks affected this weekend’s activities and some mainland cadets couldn’t be funded to fly out for the occasion.

One of the Army Cadets, Lance Corporal Caylem Gualton, wants to follow a career in the armed forces and finds the army cadet’s training to be a good grounding. He thinks the experience will help him to deal with army life.

He’s aiming to gain the highest rank in the cadets before going to army college and hopefully officer training.