The RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber hosted the official opening of Harrogate’s Joint Cadet Centre following its £750,000 refurbishment of the historic drill hall.
The centre is home to both the town’s Army and Air Cadets and also houses the region’s first virtual reality aviation centre for cadets.
It was opened by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, who is pictured unveiling the commemorative plaque with representatives of the town’s Army and Air Cadets watching on.
Transformed the experience
RFCA chief executive Jason Wright said: “The refurbishment of Harrogate Joint Cadet Centre has transformed the experience of the 100 or so local cadets who parade here every week.
“It’s created bright, attractive classrooms, offices for our adult volunteers, a wonderful drill hall and has even made room for Yorkshire’s first Virtual Reality training centre. The Harrogate Cadet Centre is so well situated in the region that it can offer this new facility to cadets from over 28 other squadrons to enjoy and enhance their Air Cadets experience.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that the benefits this new development is already bringing to young people in the town and we are delighted that His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant in addition to Harrogate’s Mayor have been able to join us for its official opening.”