Ramsbottom ACF Frank Jefferson VC Dinner
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Ramsbottom Detachment
Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force
Sent in by Craig Grice GMACF & Rochdale Branch Fusiliers Association
On Saturday the 12th May 2012 Ramsbottom Detachment GMACF held their first presentation dinner at the Fusiliers Museum Bury. To mark the beginning of this annual event a special trophy was commissioned and inscribed 'The Francis Arthur Jefferson VC' Memorial cup, which will be presented to the best cadet of the year.
Mike & Bill Jefferson, relatives of Francis were contacted and asked if they would attend this first dinner as guests of honour, which they gladly accepted. All the planning was now in place for the cadet presentation dinner.
Mike & Bill were picked up from there hotel and driven to the museum for a champagne or orange juice reception. A tour of the museum was then taken with particular interest in the Jefferson section.
All the guests and cadets arrived to a meet and greet in the Normandy room. As dinner was announced, they went up to the Gallipoli room to be greeted by the Cadet piper, who then piped in the top table and guests.
After grace given by Cadet Sgt Kelly a home made soup was served, then Mr Van-Hecke read the citation for Francis Jefferson and then the piper played again. We were then served a fabulous chicken dinner after which Mr Cheetham read out the order of the day from the 2nd btn Lancashire Fusiliers dated 1944, and again the piper played. The dessert was then served and the loyal toast and a toast to the colonel in chief was given by Cadet L/Cpl Duckworth.
After a five minute comfort break it was time for the speeches and presentations. Lieutenant Kennerley, detachment commander for Ramsbottom got things underway, Mike & Bill Jefferson were invited to present the awards, and the first presentation went to the outstanding cadet of 2011/12 - this was awarded to Cadet Lancashire.
The next award was for runner up cadet of the year, went to Cadet L/Cpl Duckworth who was presented with a certificate of merit.
The winner of the first Ramsbottom Detachment 'Francis Arthur Jefferson VC' memorial trophy was announced as Cadet A-L/Cpl Ballantyne, who collected his certificate and trophy from Mike & Bill to rapturous applause.
The trophy has been engraved with his name and will be kept in the Detachment on show until next year's presentation.
The top table were then invited back to the Normandy room for coffee followed by the rest of the guests & cadets to be met there by the piper who entertained us.
This was a successful night and thanks go out to Mike & Bill Jefferson for attending, Ramsbottom Detachment staff for all their hard work in organising the event and to The Fusilier Museum staff who made this night so special for us. Last but by no means least thanks to all the Cadets for their all year round hard work and commitment.

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