Cadets earn a fifth award

High Sheriff Mrs Lucy Winskill OBE DL presentes the award with Vivienne Stapley of the Sir James Knott Trust. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

High Sheriff Mrs Lucy Winskill OBE DL presentes the award with Vivienne Stapley of the Sir James Knott Trust. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

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Air cadets are flying high after picking up a fifth award for services in the community.

2344 (Longbenton) Squadron received its fifth High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear Award.

Cadets Louis Baptist, 16, and James Douglas. 15, collected the squadron’s award at a ceremony in Newcastle.

James said, “We had a good evening and got to chat to some other groups who were also receiving awards and found out what they do.”

High Sheriff Lucy Winskill said: “Well done to everyone at the Squadron and I wish you even more success in the future. You should all be very proud.”

Newcastle Eagles head coach, Fabulous Flournoy, was on hand to talk to attendees.

He said: “It’s humbling to see so many young people representing their groups along with their adult volunteers; it takes just one person to believe and value a young person to make a difference and the groups should be proud of themselves and what they do.”

Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “Our community really do value what we do and it makes such a difference to our young people and adult volunteers.

“I thank them and the High Sheriff for their support and recognition.”

For more on Longbenton Squadron visit www.2344.org.uk