Honoured for his 50 years

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A commanding officer has been honoured for dedicating five decades to air cadets.

Flight Lieutenant Nigel Yarrow, Commanding Officer of 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron, received his long service award for 50 years continuous service in the Air Training Corps.

He joined the corps at 1027 (Jarrow) in 1964 and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch in 1970.

He spent time at the Gateshead and Wideopen squadrons before moving to Wallsend in 1985 as deputy squadron commander before assuming command in 1997.

Flt Lt Yarrow is the first officer in Durham/Northumberland Wing to complete 46 years continuous service as an adult member of staff.

Flt Lt Yarrow said: “I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award in recognition of my 50 years with the corps.

“A lot has changed in the Air Training Corps over the past five decades but I am pleased to see that ethos of respect, integrity, service and excellence remains the same.

“The air cadets still provides excellent opportunities for young people.”

For more information on 1151 (Wallsend) Squadron parades visit www.1151.org.uk