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Pair honoured for work with cadets

Gordon Badenoch (centre) with his wife, Maureen (left) and Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Brian Jobson.

Gordon Badenoch (centre) with his wife, Maureen (left) and Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Brian Jobson.

Two air cadet volunteers have been recognised for their service to the community.

Flying Officer David Elliott and retired Flight Lieutenant Gordon Badenoch received a Lord Lieutenant’s certificate in recognition for their services with the Royal Air Force.

David, 28, received his award after serving as a volunteer reservist in the Training Branch of the RAF, being part of the 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron since 2011.

Officer Commanding Durham Northumberland Wing, Dave Harris, said, “David’s leadership sees him respected throughout the Corps and he is a positive role model, most deserving of this Lord Lieutenant’s certificate, as is Gordon.”

For 81-year-old Gordon, this is his second certificate. He has enjoyed a lively past, serving in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves and the Northern Air Division.

Since his retirement in 1993, Gordon has been honorary secretary for the Durham Northumberland Wing and joined the Longbenton squadron in 2012 as honorary secretary.

Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, officer commanding the Longbenton squadron, said: “The length of service that Gordon has given is phenomenal.

“He has served the country well and in particular the younger generation of the north east for over three decades and the experience this brings to us at Longbenton is an invaluable resource.

“He is thoroughly deserving of his award and his outstanding commitment, dedication and enthusiasm is an example to all.”

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

 

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