Havering Colonel given MBE for work with cadets
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 February 2015
Haverying’s Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Markham Bryant received the award from Prince William at Buckingham Palace, on Tuesday.
Col Bryant, 68, was awarded the MBE for services to the army cadet force.
He told the Recorder: “It is recognition of the work I have done over the years, but more than that, it shows young people what they can achieve.”
Col Bryant has lived in Havering since 1967, and started as an army cadet aged 12. After spending 25 years in the Metropolitan Police, he rejoined the cadets in 1991 and is now responsible for the cadet force across London.
Col Bryant said: “When I was at school they threw out factory fodder.”
The army cadets saved him from this. “I have had a lot of fantastic opportunities and it was the cadets that started that off.”
He added: “I suppose you could say I have come full circle.”
Col Markham spoke passionately about the importance of volunteering to combat deprivation within the borough.
He said: “I think this community support is very important in the modern world.”
He added: “Young people now are in school from five to 18 and what experience have they got?”
The benefits of community involvement, he said, were leadership skills and life experience. “I suppose you could say that I am a fine example of this, it has been my whole life.”
When asked whether he would retire after his current job Colonel Markham said: “When this job finishes I will be 75 but I suspect somewhere I will carry on working with young people.”
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