Abby Bierton is one of the dozens of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets around the country who have been able to resume the duties this prestigious role offers.
Cadet Warrant Officer Abby Bierton from Beds & Cambs ATC (1985 Flitwick Squadron) is one of seven Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets appointed this year by HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire. The rank of CWO is the highest rank that can be achieved by any Air Cadet, and Abby has earned the yellow Instructor Cadet lanyard which she wears on her left shoulder, indicating she teaches the Air Cadets’ syllabus to more junior cadets.
The lieutenancy website features each cadet on a dedicated page to honour current and past cadets. Lord-Lieutenants’ Cadets are typically selected each year from the best cadets in their respective organisations; they embody all that young people can achieve through the cadet experience.
Being appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet is often the highlight of an individual cadet’s career. They are given the rare opportunity to accompany their Lord-Lieutenant at high-profile civic events, military occasions and royal visits, supporting their Lord-Lieutenant and acting as ambassador for their local unit and the wider cadet movement.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis held a British Empire Medal Investiture ceremony on Monday 19th July. The Lord-Lieutenant presented medals to six Bedfordshire recipients who were awarded honours in the Queens Birthday 2020 and New Years 2021 Honours List. The Lord-Lieutenant was supported by Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets CWO Abby Bierton from Beds & Cambs ATC, Fire Cadet Ryan Harper from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Lead Cadet Kate Travers from St John Ambulance.
The Cadets, who have grown and developed in the last year since being appointed as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, led the Lord-Lieutenant into the event, read citations clearly and concisely and supported the Lord-Lieutenant at the reception afterwards, by hosting and networking with guests.
The Lord-Lieutenant was also supported by CWO Bierton at the Central Bedfordshire Council Office at Priory House, Chicksands on Monday 21st June, to raise the Armed Forces Flag in support of our Armed Forces community and to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.
June Essex Photography