Air Cadets Enjoy High Praise
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
The High Sheriff for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Ruth Thompson OBE, flew in to celebrate the achievements of Longbenton Air Cadets and commend the young people for on their successes over the past 12 months.
The High Sheriff attended the annual awards evening, named Operation Flying Circus, and officially enrolled a number of cadets after finding out about the activities undertaken by the young people. The youngsters told their stories through a sci-fi docu-drama they made in the style of Dr. Who. The young people showed the variety of activities they have enjoy, including flying, climbing, engineering, construction, sports, archery and visiting RAF bases around the UK and the oversees; all of which goes towards numerous internationally recognised qualifications.
"I am very impressed with the hard work and effort that the young people have put in and they have certainly enjoyed achieving all of their qualifications," said Mrs Thompson. “It was a pleasure to be in the company of the adult volunteers who support the ambitions of every young person and help them to learn new skills and engage in new experiences. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the evening and meeting the youngsters, their families and volunteers,” added the High Sheriff.
Cadet Warrant Officer Chloe Durham, 19, of Forest Hall, was awarded the Cadet of the Year Award. "Being an Air Cadet at Longbenton Squadron has been the best thing I’ve done. I’ve learned so much about myself and grown-up a lot by doing what we do and enjoyed so many surreal opportunities like climbing in the Pyrenees, meeting the Queen and flying an aeroplane; it's fantastic!"
If you’re in Year 8 or above and wish to join Longbenton Squadron, please visit www.2344.org.uk for further information.