A new cadet building that was almost devastated by a fire before it had been officially opened has now been declared up and running by the Lord Lieutenant of Beds Helen Nellis.
Young cadets welcomed the dignitary to their new home and gave the royal representative some life-saving tips during her visit.
The building at the rear of a new care home in Kimbolton Road is a base for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire ACF’s Bedford detachment.
In partnership with Bedford Citizen Housing Association and the developers, Northstar Homes, the old cadet building was demolished and a brand new one constructed. The site was purchased to build the adjacent retirement home and in return developers built the new cadet building.
Commandant of Beds and Herts Army Cadet Force Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith said: “This is a wonderful new building where our cadets can safely parade and we appreciate the support of the developers and management of the care home.
“The cadets are looking forward to getting to know the residents over the coming months and hope that this can be a mutually beneficial partnership.”