Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson has officially opened the new student building of the Union of Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets in Banff.
The ceremony was attended by directors of associations, members of local councils and representatives of schools in the region.
After the Lord Lieutenant addressed the audience and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, he spoke to the cadets and adult volunteers present.
A spokesperson for the Army Cadets said: “We sincerely thank the Lord Lieutenant for his performance at the official opening and to the Highland Reserves and the Association of Cadets whose assistance and commitment have ensured that this fine facility is now in use.”
The building was lifted into place by crane in five sections during the construction phase last year.
Partitions have been made off site and the modern energy efficient design replaces the old cottage which has passed the point of economical repair.
The £400,000 building was designed to Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Highland Reserve Cadets and Reserve Association (HRFCA) specifications by Jam Studios in Aberdeen and built and installed by Healthmatic. Macduff Crane Hire took care of the heavy lifting.
The layout features a drill hall, two classrooms, an office, kitchen, pantry and toilets.
It forms part of HRFCA’s £1.4 million program to replace cadet buildings and follows similar construction in Aberdeen, Newport and Bunce.
Cadets from the 2nd Battalion The Highlanders ACF will use the Banff facility.
Students and adult volunteers from the Banff Detachment were traveling to Burtsoy, sharing resources with the Burtsoy Detachment while the demolition of the old building and construction of the new building was completed.
“This is a new and important opportunity for Army Cadet life in Banff, with a wonderful new building designed and built to meet the needs of the cadets and a world away from the world,” said Major Stuart Eddy, Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Highlanders, the building that replaces it.
“It is in a prime location in the heart of the city. This is a boost to the community and highlights the importance placed on providing opportunities for young people aged 12-18 to learn skills, adventure, make new friends and have a lot of fun.
“ACF has a spirit of diversity and inclusion and our doors, especially those of this new facility, are open to all youth, regardless of background or ability. They just need the enthusiasm to learn, to share, to go and have fun.”
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