Around two years ago, the Army Cadet Force detachment in Dee Walk in Kirkcudbright was on its last legs. Numbers were rock bottom and it was facing closure.
But one young woman, now the Company Sergeant Major with the Army Cadet Force in Galloway, Rhona Maxwell, was not going to give up.
She spent many an evening at the Cadet Hall with no cadets. With the help of many other cadet force adult volunteers from the Galloway area, a plan was hatched to relaunch the Kirkcudbright detachment.
Posters appeared around the town, a group of cadets from further afield put a decorated vehicle in the gala parade, a Facebook page was launched, visits were made to the local academy to tell youngsters what was on offer and a couple of open nights were held.
The detachment was rebadged from the Royal Tank Regiment to the Royal Scots Borderers to gain support from local military units. It was a huge amount of work by adult volunteers. And it has paid off.
Kirkcudbright now has a vibrant and successful detachment.
Last week, two cadets were presented with their basic certificate and badge, no fewer than four gaining their one-star certificate and badge. One-star were presented to Lance Corporal Bethany Ginnelly (16, Kirkcudbright), Cadet Jade McMillan (14, Kirkcudbright), Cadet Gemma Burgess (16, Twynholm) and Cadet Latasha Torrance (13, Gatehouse of Fleet). Those presented with basic certificates were Cadet Finn Howorth (15, Gatehouse of Fleet) and Cadet Megan Ginnelly (13, Kirkcudbright).
At present, most of the cadets are at Altcar Training Camp in Merseyside for their annual fortnight’s camp, along with nearly 400 other cadets from the south-west of Scotland.
A report on their annual camp, along with pictures will be published when they return from their action-filled camp.