CADETS from two Hereford schools demonstrated leadership and control during an inspection as they paraded through the city.

Pupils from Whitecross High School and Hereford Cathedral School were on parade at the Suvla Barracks when their biennial Combined Cadet Force (CCF) inspection was carried out.

The inspecting personnel included Lady Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Air Commodore Richard Atkinson, Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks and Captain Sarah Hunter-Choat (daughter of Brigadier Hunter-Choat).

During the inspection there was a special presentation of the Hunter-Choat pace stick in honour of Brigadier ‘Tony’ Hunter-Choat who died in 2012.

Cadet Gawain Melville RAF was on hand to receive the pace stick from the reviewing officer, Air Commodore Richard Atkinson while Captain Hunter-Choat proudly looked on.

Brigadier Hunter-Choat’s wife, Linda, and their other daughter, Felicity, were also in attendance.

Hereford Cathedral School pupil Georgina Sockett RAF was recognised as the best CCF Cadet and she received the Carless Trophy from Lady Darnley.

Hereford Cathedral School headmaster, Paul Smith, said he was extremely proud of the cadets.

He added: “It was an excellent biennial inspection. The CCF continues to be a popular and vibrant extra-curricular activity for many pupils giving them the opportunity to acquire skills such as confidence, self-reliance and teamwork.

"The cadets from both Whitecross High School and Hereford Cathedral School were a credit to the contingent and impressed all the inspecting officers.”

Hereford Cathedral School’s CCF is one of the oldest in the country with Royal Navy, RAF and Army Sections. In 2013, as part of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme, HCS partnered with Whitecross High School.