Two organisations have been honoured for their contribution in North Tyneside.
Greggs and 2344 Longbenton Air Cadets Squadron have both been presented with the Honorary Freedom of the Borough by North Tyneside Council.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Greggs and Longbenton Squadron thoroughly deserve this recognition – they’ve had great success and many achievements while based here in North Tyneside.
“The air cadets is a thriving organisation for young people, and the whole squadron should be thanked for all they have accomplished.
“Greggs needs no introduction; it has bakeries nationwide, employing many thousands of people, and its charitable foundation gives more than £1m to worthy causes each year.”
Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “I sincerely thank North Tyneside Council for recognising the work we do within the community. The sheer joy that our activities and the feast of achievements bring have been marked by such an occasion is exceptionally humbling.”
Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside said: “Greggs is a much-loved and trusted brand which celebrated its strong bakery heritage when it turned 75 years this year.
“As a successful business that has grown through the continued support of its loyal customers they believe they have a responsibility to help disadvantaged groups, and can demonstrate a long history of supporting our local communities.”
Since 2009, the Longbenton Cadets has grown from eight to over 50 young people, aged 12 to 20, parading twice a week.
Last year they beat 1,000 other squadrons to be awarded the prestigious Lees Trophy as the top air cadet squadron in the UK.
Cadets from 2344 Squadron have been chosen to be the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Tyne and Wear and another was the top female cadet 2013 in the North of England.
Greggs is the UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer made up of almost 1,700 shops, nine regional bakeries and 20,000 employees who serve millions of customers each week.