THE Queen sent a message of goodwill to a Wirral cadets group celebrating their 100-year anniversary.

Calday Grange Grammar School Cadets’ centenary march took place on Sunday.

Wirral Globe:

Her Majesty, who is Captain General of the combined cadet force, had been informed of the special ocassion and sent this message:

"As your Captain General, I much appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing as you did.

"I am grateful for your kind words in advance of my ninetieth birthday and in return send my best wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and enjoyable event."

The parade inspection was carried out by Colonel Martin Amlôt, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside, accompanied by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Les Rowlands.

Colonel Amlôt and the mayor congratulated the cadets on their smartness and efficiency on parade.

There was a reminder of the school's Victoria Cross holder, Captain Cyril Edward Gourley -  was awarded the highest military decoration for valour as a sergeant in 1917 - with a replica of his medal on display.

After the march past and salute there were three cheers for the guests.

In the afternoon there were special demonstrations that included field cooking, knotting and roping skills, first-aid and vehicle checks.