Top honour for cadet

Anita Coe
Anita Coe

A POCKLINGTON cadet has been awarded one of the highest honours in the forces.

Sergeant Major Anita Coe, an adult volunteer in the Army Cadet Force (ACF), has received a Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate – an accolade which ranks alongside the MBE.

It was presented to the 49-year-old by Lord Crathorne, Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, at a private ceremony held at Yeomanry Barracks in York last week.

The certificate recognised Anita’s outstanding contribution and dedication to the cadets.

She has played a significant role in the development and provision of First Aid Training Courses for cadets and adult instructors across the county and held the position of County BTEC Officer, overseeing 400 diplomas awarded to cadets.

She has also attended nearly all of the twice-weekly parade nights, training weekends and annual camps over the last 14 years.

Very active in the community, Anita supports and raises funds for many charities, in particular the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which in 2005 made Yorkshire (N&W) ACF a corporate partner in recognition of its contribution – a move which owes a great deal to Anita’s constant drive and enthusiasm.

After receiving the certificate Anita said: “I am very proud to have received this award.

“It is a great honour to be recognised in this way for the hard work and commitment I have given to the ACF over the last 14 Years.

“I have always found it most enjoyable and satisfying, and just seeing the cadets and adults achieving wonderful results from their hard work makes it all the more worthwhile.”

Colonel Snagge, chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber, added: “We have so many committed men and women in Yorkshire who give up their time inside and outside of working hours to provide support for reservists and cadet organisations.

“I am delighted that Anita’s service have been commemorated in this way and I have no doubt she will continue to make a great difference to the cadet organisation.”

Anita was one of only nine people across North Yorkshire to be awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate, which is presented as a mounted scroll.