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Army force set to fall in at Scouts

Monday 16th January 2006, YOUNGSTERS in Rishton would soon be marching to join a new army cadet force to be created in the town.

The nearest detachment of the volunteer youth organisation was based in Accrington, but cadet bosses were convinced there was enough interest in the area to warrant a new group.

It was hoped that up to 50 young people, aged between 13 and 18, would sign up for the new detachment, planned to be up and running in February.

Cadets would learn basic army skills, work in the community, and also have the chance to take a BTEC vocational qualification.

Cadet bosses arranged a deal with the local scout group to use its headquarters, and were waiting for about £1,500 to be released by the Army to pay for the hut to be upgraded to the necessary standard.

Major Mick Baddeley, cadet executive officer for the Lancashire Army Cadet Force, said: "If we can get the repairs go-ahead, I think without a doubt it's a go."

Danny Cassidy, set to become 2nd Lieutenant of the Rishton detachment, said: "Rishton and Great Harwood don't seem to have much for young people to do. The scouts use their building a couple of times a week, and we are going to be using it on a Tuesday and Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm."

On Wednesday 1st March 2006, A NEW army cadet force planned for Rishton was to hold its first meeting in an effort to attract interest.

The nearest detachment of the cadets was based in Accrington, and about 50 places would be made available for young people in Rishton.

The Scout hut, Commercial Street, will be used as a base, and work was being carried out to get the facility up to safety standards.

An event was being planned for March 14, with a party atmosphere' to give parents and youngsters, aged 13 to 18, the chance to find out more about the cadets.

Malcolm Ward, the spokesman for the army cadets in Lancashire, said: "There's very little for kids to do so this is a real opportunity for them. They have got scouts but there is not really anything from 15 years onwards that interests them. Hopefully the army cadets will."

The army cadet force was a volunteer organisation which teaches recruits basic army skills, and organises work in the community.

It was hoped the repair work on the scout hut would be finished in time for the meeting. If not, tents would be set up outside, and the force's recruitment caravan would also be on site to hand out information.

When plans for the new detachment were announced, Danny Cassidy, set to become 2nd Lieutenant of the group, said he was confident it could be a success.

He said: "Rishton and Great Harwood don't seem to have much for young people to do."

Sadly, in August 2011, the cadets from Rishton were moved to Accrington, and the branch shut down.

References

LET, 1st March 2006