Royal recognition for air cadet stalwart

Gordon Badenoch (centre) with his wife, Maureen (left) and the Duchess of Northumberland, receiving the Lord Lieutenant's Certificate last year for services to the community. Picture by Brian Jobson.
Gordon Badenoch (centre) with his wife, Maureen (left) and the Duchess of Northumberland, receiving the Lord Lieutenant's Certificate last year for services to the community. Picture by Brian Jobson.

A long-serving air cadet volunteer has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sprightly pensioner Gordon Badenoch has been awarded a Defence Letter of Appreciation after 36 years’ service with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) Branch and the Air Cadet Organisation.

The 82-year-old commanded cadet squadrons in Blyth and Ashington before retiring in 1993.

And since then he has served as honorary secretary of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron.

The former policeman said: “I have enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful people over the years, and it has been an absolute pleasure.

“Being at Longbenton Squadron now is one of my highlights and I have no intention of resting-up just yet. The youngsters there have rejuvenated me.”

Mr Badenoch, of Blyth, will officially be presented with his honour later this year.