COLONEL Guy Harnby has been appointed the new commandant of Cumbria Army Cadet Force.

He is a regular army officer for 30 years and has been deputy commandant for a year. He will take up his new appointment in the summer.

“It is an enormous privilege to be taking over as commandant and be responsible for nearly 90 adult volunteers and 400 children in Cumbria who I hope we will provide with exciting opportunities and experiences, which will stand them in good stead long after they leave school," said Colonel Harnby. "Most of all I hope what they do continues to be fun and a place where they make friends for life.”

The new commandant met up with his son, Robbie, 24, who attended Leven Valley Primary School, Backbarrow, and Sedbergh School, at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was in his fifth week of training and will commission in December before joining his new regiment.