The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE recently held his annual awards ceremony for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air – with medals and certificates awarded in recognition of their dedicated service throughout the County. In addition, he appointed his Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2013/2014 who will accompany him on County engagements for the next twelve months.
Civic Dignitaries with Deputy Lieutenants from across the County joined the Lord-Lieutenant for this inspirational ceremony held at the Ashford International Hotel which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues of those receiving awards. Congratulating the award winners, he said, “I am honored and privileged to present so many awards to those very special sons and daughters who serve our County”.
The prestigious award of Best Kent Reservist Award, 2013, sponsored by the brewery, Shepherd Neame, was awarded to Private Adam Francis who serves with C (Royal West Kent) 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (3PWRR), based in Rochester. He was presented with a certificate, a cheque for £100 and an engraved glass trophy.
Lord-Lieutenant Certificates for Meritorious Services were presented to ten members of the Reserve Forces and Cadets, and the Imperial Service Medal for 25 years’ meritorious service was given to retired civil servant Mrs Janet Skates. Cadet Forces’ Medals and Clasps were awarded for long and meritorious service to three members of the ATC, and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards were also presented to Civilian Instructor Kimberley Wilkinson and Cadet Flight Sergeant Christopher Davies, both of 2374 (Ditton) Squadron ATC.
Representatives of two local businesses received certificates in acknowledgment of their support of the Reserve Forces. While speaking Lord De L’Isle said “On behalf of Her Majesty, I would also like to commend all the civilian employers, who have demonstrated their understanding and backing for their staff serving in the Volunteer Reserves. These men and women are often your key employees, due in part to the experience and personal development they receive during their military service.”