Budleigh Information Centre has officially thanked a group of cadets at Bicton College for their 'exceptional help' during the town's Christmas late-night shopping.

The cadets from the college's Military and Protective Services (MaPS) Academy acted as marshals at the event on Friday, December 8. They were stationed at each of the junctions along High Street and Fore Street to enforce the road closure, keeping pedestrians safe, and also helped remove the cones and signs at the end of the evening.

On Wednesday, January 24, Alan Tilbury, a director of the Budleigh Information Centre, and volunteer Sarah Coles, who helped to organise the late-night shopping event, attended the cadets' morning parade to thank them and present Participation Certificates.

They said the cadets' involvement contributed to the success of the evening, and the hours they spent marshalling each junction had been greatly appreciated.

The Military and Protective Services (MaPS) Academy prepares students for a career in the armed forces and the emergency/rescue services: both uniformed roles with the fire, police, ambulance and UK Border force, and non-uniformed role in the civil service, voluntary or private security sector.   

The cadets are encouraged to help at community events as part of their training.​