Sign company gives Watton cadets a boost

Watton's army cadet troop is hoping to attract many more youths to join them thanks to a new sign donated by a local business.

The group, based at Church Walk, approached Apex Signs in Mundford, near Brandon, about funding the sign which aims to give both the detachment and local youngsters a boost.

Michelle Linge, whose partner Alec Freij-Nichols recently signed up as an instructor with the cadets, said: 'It's not just about the detachment. It's also for the kids in the area. I work in the town on a voluntary basis and we come across kids with nothing to do and nowhere to go. This will show them we are here.'

The sign is about 1.3m by 90cm in size and will take a prominent position on the white gate posts on Church Walk, off Dereham Road, in Watton.

Mrs Linge said Harvey Walters, of Apex Signs, had not hesitated when asked for help from the detachment.


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She said he had agreed immediately when she called him and had been keen to support a local group for local youngsters.

There are currently around 30 cadets in the Watton troop, which is aimed at youths aged 12 to 20.

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Members take part in activities including the detachment's annual camp.

Youngsters are taught to take pride in the way they present themselves with kit inspections and learn to work as a team during marching drills and as they try to solve problems using maps and compasses.

The detachment is under the Household Cavalry badge and is run by a group of dedicated instructors.

To find out about joining the Watton troop, call 07929 375911.

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