Thursday 6 April saw teenaged Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Cadets from Liverpool College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) parade for special guests as part of their Biannual Review.
Following a short formal parade, a special Guard of Honour consisting of Cadets from each of the three Services was inspected by the Reviewing Officer, Colonel Hilary Williams, Colonel Cadets Army Headquarters North West.
After the inspection special guests, including the High Sheriff of Liverpool and representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, toured stands where Cadets demonstrated skills and training they had undertaken during the year. One of the stands, located at Liverpool’s Albert Dock, showcased Royal Navy Cadets’ skills on water.
The day ended with an address to the Contingent by Col Hilary Williams and the presentation of prizes, watched by guests, parents and school staff.
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a tri-Service military Cadet organisation based in schools and colleges throughout the UK. The aim of the CCF is to help young people to develop powers of leadership through training, which promotes qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community
The CCF Contingent at Liverpool College has been established for nearly 150 years and members are drawn from boys and girls from year nine upwards. Membership is not compulsory but due to the enthusiasm of the senior cadets, it is the most popular organisation in the School with over 300 members.
The CCF receives assistance and support for its training programme from the Regular and Reserve Forces, but the bulk of adult support is provided by members of school staff who are responsible to head teachers for the conduct of Cadet activities.