Royal Praise for Longbenton Air Cadets
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mrs Sue Winfield OBE, flew in to celebrate the achievements of Longbenton Air Cadets over the past 12 months.
The Lord Lieutenant attended the annual awards evening saying: “I know the Queen would be proud of what I have seen this evening and everything the Squadron has achieved.”
Mrs Winfield officially enrolled a number of cadets after finding out about the activities undertaken by the young people.
“I never know what is going to happen when I visit Longbenton Squadron, but I am always thoroughly entertained and look forward to visiting,” Mrs Winfield said.
The youngsters told of their activities through performing their own creative take on TV’s ‘Goggle-Box’! The short programme showed the variety of activities enjoyed, such as engineering, aerospace, sports, STEM and fieldcraft; all of which goes towards numerous internationally recognised qualifications.
13 Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant along with 20 BTECs in Aviation Studies, Teamwork and Citizenship and Music, 9 leadership, 12 cyber communications and 21 first aid qualifications.
"I am very impressed with the variety of activities and opportunities that the young people participate in. Their effort, creativity and comradery shows they thoroughly enjoy attending the Squadron. “I thank the volunteer instructors for giving their time and making such a positive difference, along with the strong support of parents. Communities greatly benefit from such wonderful support and they become safer places. I know the Queen would be proud of what I have seen this evening and everything the Squadron has achieved.”
Cadet Jessica Dawson, 15, who earnt her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: "I love coming to the Air Cadets because we have loads of fun doing the different activities and we even get qualifications out of it. I am much more confident now.”
Top Cadet, Alex McGowan, 17 said: “I’ve learnt a lot from being at Longbenton Squadron, being here has taken me to Germany, allowed me to gain my Wings and improve my leadership, so it’s given me a lot, and helped me become who I am today.”