I noticed an old picture of my shooting team in an October edition of the Market Rasen Mail under the title Those were the Days.
I was the detachment commander of Market Rasen Army Cadet Force (ACF), running the unit as a captain.
I was very proud of the cadets when they won the title of county champions in the 1989 Punch Trophy competition.
I can remember my late mother cooking hot dogs for the team as a thank you for everyone competing.
I left the ACF after 35 years, finishing my tenure as Lt Col deputy commandant admin.
Three years ago, I joined the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), successfully applying for the post of contingent commander at The King’s School, Grantham.
My SSI Shane Pulfrey and myself decided to set up a shooting team for the contingent.
We entered the Cadets skill at Arms meeting (CADSAM), achieving 11th place in our first year and fifth in our second year.
By pure coincidence, The King’s School in Grantham won the CADSAM competition at Beckingham in September, becoming the first school to win the overall competition in 18 years.
The next month, the Mail published my winning team of 1989 – I was absolutely amazed as I had completely forgotten about this achievement.
Thank you so much for publishing the old detachment photo. I am sure it will have brought back memories for the cadets pictured, it did for me.
Ray M Ogg
Lt Col CCF