Foyle College student Rebekah Thompson has been honoured at a formal ceremony at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. 17-year-old Rebekah from Drumahoe becomes Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the City of Londonderry.
She will be one of just twelve Lord Lieutenants’ Cadets appointed across Northern Ireland. The Cadets who are selected for the largely ceremonial year-long role can expect a busy year in office as they attend their respective Lord Lieutenants on major civic occasions. In recognition of their role, they are entitled to wear a special insignia on their uniforms throughout their year in office.
Cadet Sergeant Major Rebekah Thompson, a student at Foyle College, has been a member of Drumahoe Detachment for four years, bringing liveliness and dedication to the detachment. Always at the heart of the fun and action, Rebekah rarely misses detachment parade nights and has attended three summer camps and one Easter camp. Rebekah is an enthusiastic team player and has represented Northern Ireland Army Cadet Force in national first aid competitions on two occasions. She has also represented her detachment and Company in the Tripoli Cup Competition for the past two years, winning best section commander and driving her team to second place in the tough tournament … a position she hopes to better this year!
She also has taken part in the Calcutta Cup Competition, winning the first aid stand and the Mini Micks Competition, showing her ability to adapt to new situations with great ease. She has represented Northern Ireland at shooting at the world-famous Bisley Shooting Ground, last year placed a creditably 47th in the Cadet Full Bore. In the Cadet 100 this year she placed 14th; this high ranking secured her a place in shooting for the international schools cup where she placed 4th.
Rebekah who recently completed her Master Cadet Course, is praised in her Award Citation as someone who ‘takes great pride in her personal appearance, and is immensely proud of her Detachment and Company. She is a cadet whom the adults can completely rely on to turn up and perform her duties. She takes a very hands-on role within the detachment advising other cadets, teaching lessons and helping with charity collections for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. This year she was selected and attended the Passchendaele battlefield tour, and went on to win a prize for the research she carried out prior to attending.’
Rebekah is pictured receiving her award certificate from Dr Angela Garvey, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the City of Londonderry.