Company and air cadets get honour

A leading company and an award-winning squadron have been given Honorary Freedom of the Borough.

Greggs and Longbenton Air Cadets squadron have been awarded the honour in recognition of their contribution to the borough.

They were given the recognition by North Tyneside Council.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The air cadets is a thriving organisation for young people and the whole squadron, both leaders and cadets, deserve to be recognised for all they have achieved and for all that they do in the service of our community.

“Greggs is a company that needs no introduction; it has bakeries nationwide employing many thousands of people and the Greggs charitable foundation distributes more than a million pounds a year to good causes.”

The honour for Longbenton Air Cadets was proposed by Coun Janet Hunter, who said: “Last year they beat a thousand other squadrons to be awarded the prestigious Lees Trophy as the top cadet squadron in the UK.

“Many of the cadets have gained awards and achievements and many more have been successful in sporting events.”

Greggs was nominated by Coun Frank Lott, who said: “Greggs originated in the area and now has national recognition. The company has become part of the everyday life and fabric of our society, not just as a food provider but also something of a political player.”

The award presentation ceremony will take place in October in the council offices at Quadrant on the Cobalt Business Park.