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pounds 1.5m cadet training centre 'finest' in land; GRAND OPENING FOR NEW WEEKEND BASE AT BRAMCOTE.

ARMY cadets will be able to use a new pounds 1.5 million weekend training centre near Nuneaton.

The base next to Bramcote's Gamecock Barracks provides accommodation, lecture rooms, a sizeable training area and a kitchen and diner for cadets from across Warwickshire and the West Midlands during their visits.

It ends more than 30 years' connection with the army's engineering base at Long Marston near Stratford, which closed a year ago - forcing the cadets to find new premises.

Members of the Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Section) Army Cadet Force turned out to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne, Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor Diana Hawkes, her husband Brian, and other distinguished guests to the official opening on Friday.

At the opening, Bob Carruthers, county cadet commander, said: "The training centre is a central part of cadet life.

"When it was announced that Long Marston was to close we were very anxious about the future.

"But we now have this very wonderful building which is the finest of its kind in the country."

The Lord Lieutenant unveiled a plaque on the side of the main building.

He said: "The cadets have a marvellous opportunity to do adventurous things.

"It widens the experience of cadets who join and this centre allows all that to go on."

Army chiefs at Bramcote provided temporary accommodation for the youngsters in a selection of army cabins while the new centre was being built.

Their purpose-built home will allow them to use the facilities at Gamecock with greater ease, and will help forge even closer links with the 30th Signals.

The Warwickshire Army Cadet Force has some 850 cadets, aged 13 to 18, who are looked after by more than 100 adults, which means a large centre was required to house the force.

The new centre can house up to 138 cadets at any one time and will be used on a regular basis, with training taking place on most weekends throughout the year, either at Bramcote or other military bases throughout the Midlands.
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Date:Oct 30, 2000
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