Who Shot the Sheriff!?
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By Flt Lt G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Air Cadets from Longbenton have picked up a community service award from the High Sheriff for Tyne and Wear at a ceremony held at The Centre for Life in Newcastle City Centre. The award for ‘valuable services in the community’ recognises the hard work the cadets have put in over the past 12 months in the local area.
Picking up the award were cadets Chloe Durham, 19, of Forest Hall and George Ferguson, 14, also of Forest Hall. The pair were delighted to receive the award on behalf of the squadron, and even more delighted when the High Sheriff, Mr George Scott, agreed to a “Selfie”.
George Ferguson explained, “Our Commanding Officer briefed us on how to collect the certificate but it was quite nerve wracking collecting the award in front of hundreds of people. We got onto the stage and the High Sheriff congratulated us and was chatting to us about how we were getting on as he’s visited our squadron before. The photographer was clicking away and I jokingly asked for a Selfie and the High Sheriff said “Yes, of course;” so I shot a Selfie with me, Chloe and the High Sheriff!”
“It was a great evening and to have our achievements recognised is fantastic,” said Chloe. “We’re going to use the funds to buy ICT resources to help us achieve more qualifications,” Chloe added.
The High Sheriff for Tyne and Wear who presented Chloe and George with a cheque for £500.00 praised the cadets for their community work. Mr Scott said, “The cadets have achieved vastly over the past 12 months and I am delighted that their efforts have been recognised by the community.”
The Commanding Officer of Longbenton Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said, “It is humbling to receive an award and be recognised by the community we serve.” “This grant from the Community Foundation and the High Sheriff will allow us to maintain the highest possible standard of training for our young people by ensuring we deliver interactive and relevant sessions. We’re all truly thankful.”
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