Tyneside Teen at Palace Party!
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
He may not have been listed in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, but a former Whitley Bay High School student has enjoyed a party at the palace, after being invited by Her Majesty the Queen as a thank you for the role he has played in the community.
19 year-old Tobias Mill, of Monkseaton, attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his role with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. Tobias was appointed as Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Tyne and Wear by Sue Winfield OBE for 2015/16 after displaying resilience, commitment and high personal standards on 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron.
He attended functions with the Lord Lieutenant who represents the Queen in the region at official engagements, and also greets Royalty and civic dignitaries when they visit the region.
Tobias, who is now studying medicine, said; “I really enjoy being an Air Cadet and have some amazing stories to tell. Being appointed as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet was an honour and to then have received an invite from the Queen for a cup of tea was unexpected.
“The envelope the invite was in was very posh so I was really excited about going – but not as much as my mum!” added Tobias.
Tobias first met Royalty when on parade for H.M The Queen at the Alnwick Garden Party and again when the Queen visited North Tyneside to open Tyne Tunnel 2 as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour; greeting her with a Local Hero fanfare.
“The Garden Party certainly lived up to its reputation and it was great to be there just to purely enjoy the day and not worry about hitting the right notes like when I greeted the Queen to Tyneside.
It was an incredible way to end my term as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday,” said Tobias.
Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “Tobias has worked hard over the past 6 years to gain as much as possible from our organisation. He represented the Squadron and the County with professionalism and precision during his role as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and I’m delighted he enjoyed his day at the Palace.”
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. visit www.2344.org.uk for more information.
For more information please visit the Squadron website