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'Round Britain' Reception honour for Cadet Megan

Dessie Blackadder

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Dessie Blackadder

A local teenager who is taking part in a round Britain remembrance challenge has been given a Mayoral ‘thumbs up’!

Mid and East Antrim Borough welcomed very special guests to the borough this week as the Lord Nelson tall ship, crewed by cadets and disabled veterans, sailed into Northern Ireland.

As part of the remembrance activities to mark the end of the First World War, 48 injured soldiers and 80 cadets are embarking on a voyage of remembrance, adventure and personal development as part of Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge.

One of those taking part in the challenge is local teen Megan McGaughey, a member of the Army Cadets.

Megan was recently joined by family and friends at a special Mayor’s reception in The Braid to mark her achievements.

The 17-year-old from Cloughmills, said she was honoured to be selected and vowed to rise to every challenge that comes her way.

Megan has been an established member of the cadets since 2012.

She said that during her time with the cadets she had made friends for life, represented Northern Ireland on numerous occasions through playing different sports, and has learnt lifelong skills.

And having dropping anchor in Belfast, councillors and staff were buoyed by the opportunity to greet the crew of the Lord Nelson in Mid and East Antrim.

Megan has completed her junior and senior instructor course, enabling her to deliver fun-filled lessons full of knowledge.

Proud mum Debbie said: “Megan’s rank of Sergeant shows the time and commitment she has put into cadets and the fantastic opportunities she has been given, such as the Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge. She enjoys every minute she spends in cadets.

The Mayor, Cllr. Lindsay Millar held a special reception in Carrickfergus Town Hall on Monday evening, where guest of honour, Mrs Joan Christie, CVO, OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, was entertained by cadets from Essex, Yorkshire and Shetland recalling their adventures on the Edinburgh to Belfast leg.

The complement is working together to sail around the UK on board a specially adapted tall ship, changing crew every 10 days in each capital city (London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff). In each changeover port there will be a celebration of remembrance, inclusivity and diversity.

Each 10-day voyage sees injured service personnel, cadets and instructors aged 16-25 working as a team to sail the ship to the next capital city, climbing the mast, helm the ship, setting the sails and much more.

Councillor Millar, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Lord Dannatt Challenge crew to Mid and East Antrim.

“We in Mid and East Antrim cherish our close links to the cadets, who are very dear to Mrs Joan Christie CVO, OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Antrim. “

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