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Council agrees plan for town mayor to get cadet
A YOUNG Knutsfordian is to be appointed as the mayor’s sidekick after councillors agreed to appoint a cadet.
At the July meeting of Knutsford Town Council, Clr Barbara Coan, the town mayor expressed a wish to introduce a Mayoral Cadet scheme to the town council.
After investigations were carried out a report was written, which recommended that a cadet would be chosen from the Air Training Corps or the Army cadets.
Councillors discussed the idea at the full council meeting held on Monday, September 2.
The plan would be for the council to invite the Commanding Officer of the relevant organisation to nominate candidates to the position each February.
The Deputy Town Mayor would then review the nominations and appoint a Mayoral Cadet – who would be in office for one year – to serve the next Civic Year by April 1, 2014.
The report suggested the Cadets duties will be; attendance at the Mayor Making; participation in Mayoral Processions/Civic Service; participation in the Remembrance Sunday parade and services; briefing the incoming cadet of their duties; and being involved on other occasions as requested by the Town Mayor.
Clr Peter Raynes said it would have to be a ‘fun’ role to keep them interested but an honour to receive it at the same time.
Clr Simon Hutchence added: “This is a very good idea and there are a number of council’s that have cadets and I’m pleased that this has been brought forward.
“I hope everyone who would be chosen would be proud to be in the role.”
However, Clr Peter Coan urged the role to not be too formal.
“Looking at the report and what it involves the role should be a bit more relaxing and a bit less onerous,” he argued.
But Clr Tony Dean questioned if the town needed a Mayor’s Cadet at all.
“I don’t want to be Mr Humbug but are we just doing it because other town’s have one,” he said.
“It’s an honourable position and it showing respect for what we do and there’s quite a kudos in the other areas amongst the squadrons,” Clr Stewart Gardiner said.
Clr Peter Coan then added he believed members should not just concentrate on cadets from a military background.
“What about having a mayor’s cub or a mayor’s beaver, not just the army or air force cadets being part of it,” he added.
After much mirth at Clr Coan’s unfortunate innuendo, members decided to go ahead with the proposal. The first cadet will be appointed in time for the 2014/15 civic year.
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