Cadet carries the flag for Queen’s 90th birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:53 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:54 25 April 2016

Gareth Atkins at the ceremony. Photo Credit: Roger Vaughan

Gareth Atkins at the ceremony. Photo Credit: Roger Vaughan

He was a part of the beacon-lighting ceremony last week

A Meopham teenager took part in a local celebration of the Queen’s landmark birthday last week.

As Britain’s longest reigning monarch marked her 90th birthday, 15-year-old cadet, Gareth Atkins carried the Union Flag.

Joined by fellow cadets from Gad’s Hill independent school, the group visited the lighting of a beacon at Windmill Hill.

Gad’s Contingent Commander Major Lamb said: “It is an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event, and to be part of British history.

“Our cadets often attend formal national events, and always make me, and the whole school, extremely proud.

“Tonight was extra special as Gareth was selected to carry-out such an important duty in front of so many people – he did so with maturity and respect.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Gravesend Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Gravesend Reporter