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Cadet Ryan wins first Denis Lucy Prize
4:00pm Friday 26th October 2012 in News
LANCE Corporal Ryan Seers, of the Ilminster platoon of the Army Cadet Force, is the first recipient of the Denis Lucy Prize.
The award was presented in memory of Denis Lucy, who died in 2010 and had been an officer in the Royal Ulster Rifles.
He moved to Ilminster a number of years ago, and was a keen supporter of the Ilminster Royal British Legion branch and the Army Cadet Force.
His son, William, who served as an officer with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars in the 1980s, has a good understanding of soldiers and the need to supplement their personal kit with items they need to buy for themselves.
The aim of the Denis Lucy prize is to present a cash prize annually so a member of the Ilminster ACF can buy items of kit they would otherwise have to fund themselves.
C/Sgt Dan Inggs, platoon commander, announced the winners at the Ilminster ACF HQ in Shudrick Lane with L/Cpl Seers winning the top prize of best cadet and £70, and L/Cpl Aimee Price receiving an award of £30 in vouchers for the cadet making the best effort.
Mr Lucy presented the prizes, and thanked the cadets, staff and parents for their effort and support.
Royal British Legion Ilminster branch chairman John Goodall said it was an “honour and a pleasure” to be at the ceremony.
He said the Ilminster branch had a close affiliation with the town’s ACF platoon with the cadets helping with the annual Poppy Appeal.