Awards night for the cadets

Cadets from the borough have celebrated their achievements with an annual awards night.

Group Captain Paul Atkinson, station commander of RAF Boulmer, flew in to join Air Cadets from Longbenton in celebrating their achievements over the past 12 months.

The squadron band opened the awards night which was followed by resentations included the stripping of a car engine, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition presentations, and presentations about the time the youngsters have spent with the RAF in the UK and around the world.

More than 30 BTEC qualifications presented, each equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C-A*, eight Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and six Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Those who earned gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards received the qualification from Prince Edward at an official ceremony at St James’ Palace in London last month.

Cadet Corporal James Nealings was also presented his Flying Wings.

Group Captain Atkinson said: “I have such an enjoyable evening and it is clear that the young people at Longbenton have such a camaraderie, desire to achieve and support each other to achieve.

“They are certainly inspirational and excellent role models for our future generation. I wish them continued success.”

Cadet Flight Sergeant Hardit Parmar, 18, was recognised as the best cadet 2013.