Elgin and Forres army cadets ‘on top of the world’

A group of Army cadets from Moray said they were ‘on top of the world’ after completed a challenging trek to the summit of Ben Wyvis.

The group reached the summit of the ‘hill of terror’ as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme’s ‘Flag a Munro’ challenge in the build up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Under the command of Colonel Ian Cassidy, the cadets are part of the 1st Battalion Highlanders’ cadet force which has detachments in Forres and Elgin as well as Nairn, Ardersier and Culloden.

Speaking after the group’s triumph in bagging one of the 282 Munro’s targeted by the scheme, Col Cassidy said: “Despite inclement weather on the summit of Ben Wyvis the group achieved their aim in fine spirits.

“The aim of the flag project is to connect young people with their local heritage and recognise the significance of Scotland’s landscape. The climb was the first time any of the cadets had attempted to climb a Munro and doubtless they will go on to climb many more.”

Completing the task was Jade Walton from Elgin, Finlay Rae and Dominic Walker from Forres, Grigor Forbes and Scott Dawson from Nairn and Lucy Burnside from Culloden.

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