The Isle of Man Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps cadet Winona Dalugdugan have been recognised for their contributions to Tynwald Day 2019, receiving Best Turned Out awards from the President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan MLC.
Army Cadet Force Major Daithi O’Regan said: ‘It’s a great honour to be recognised as the Best Turned Out Unit on parade at this year’s Tynwald Day ceremony and a welcome reward for all the hard work and effort put in the run-up to the event by all the cadets.
‘Tynwald Day is one of the most important dates in our calendar and it’s an opportunity we value to show the public the unit’s high standards of drill and turnout.’
15-year-old Corporal Winona Dalugdugan, a Ramsey Grammar School student (pictured below with the Kerruish Shield for Best Turned Out Individual), said: ‘I was quite surprised and delighted to receive the Best Turned Out Individual award. ‘When I was young I would go with my parents to watch the ceremony so it’s great now to be part of such a major event that brings the community together to celebrate our National Day and is a way of helping to raise the profile of the RAF in the Island.
She added: ‘I’ve been in the Air Training Corps for four years and it’s really opened my eyes to the career opportunities it offers, so I’m starting to think about either joining the RAF or working in some other field of aviation.’
Presenting the awards Mr President said: ‘Our National Day is a hugely important occasion, marked for centuries by a ceremony of enormous constitutional significance and much of the success of the ceremonial element of the proceedings is down to the precision and presentation of cadet forces that make up the parade. I congratulate the Army Cadet Force and Winona Dalugdugan from the Air Training Corps for representing their units so magnificently and helping to add to the spectacle and pageantry of Tynwald Day.’