LEIGH Fire Cadets turned their attention to politics this week,
taking on their local councillors in a Question Time style
24 people aged between 13 and 15 grilled Wigan Fire Authority
councillors John O'Brien, Robert Splaine and Fred Walker in a
question and answer session chaired David Dimbleby style by Wigan
Borough Manager Steve Sherridan.
They didn't hold back, quizzing the councillors on their future
plans for Wigan and Leigh and on funding decisions. Jennifer
Marsden, who joined Leigh Cadets six weeks ago asked them how the
money allocated would help 13 to 15 year-olds become better members
Councillor Fred Walker answered: "We are using money we might
use on other things to fund your fire cadets in Leigh, we think it
adds value, you are part of the fire community and should be
Councillor John O'Brien added: "Part of what you are doing is
helping to spread the fire safety message. Life is all about
teamwork - what you do today will have consequences on
The Leigh Fire Cadets then told the councillors all about their
course. 15 year old Emily Banks, a member of Red Watch within
cadets said: "We've learnt hose running and how to parade.
It's taught us respect and discipline which helps us both in school
and here at cadets. It benefits us now and in the future as members
of the community."
Wigan Borough Manager Steve Sherridan said: "It's a great way to
help the cadets learn how decisions affecting their community are
made at the highest level at a time when choices for young people
"They really grilled the councillors Paxman style and it will
help them understand how the funding of Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service works."