A volunteer has been presented with a national honour in recognition of the 36 years of his life he has dedicated to the Royal Air Force’s air cadets.
Gordon Badenoch, of Blyth, has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to volunteering by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield, following the announcement of the accolade back in July.
The 82-year-old has been involved with the cadets’ Durham and Northumberland wing since 1979, first as a civilian instructor, then as a commissioned officer and now as honorary secretary to the 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron.
He said: “I do what I do so that I can help young people, keep active and meet new people, so I hope to carry on for as long as I can.
“Looking back, I suppose it’s been a bit of a juggling act to do my voluntary work alongside my family and working life, but you don’t think about it at the time.”
Squadron commanding officer Flight-Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “The time Gordon has given over 36 years has helped to inspire so many young people to achieve, gain life skills and enjoy many opportunities.
“He has inspired so many people and is such a worthy recipient of this award.”
Gordon, a former police officer, commanded cadet squadrons in Blyth and Ashington prior to retiring in 1993.