Young cadets fly­ing high after awards

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

AIR cadets col­lected awards for their achieve­ments through the year at a spe­cial cer­e­mony.

The young­sters from 236 Bolling­ton Squadron Air Train­ing Corps and their fam­i­lies gath­ered at Mac­cles­field Rugby Union Foot­ball Club for the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion evening.

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Flight Lieu­tenant Paul Rior­dan wel­comed dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing mil­i­tary guests, MP David Rutley and the Mayor of Bolling­ton coun­cil­lor Amanda Stott.

After speeches from the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire David Briggs and RAF Wing Com­man­der Jamie Os­borne, the cadets were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment and awards. Nicky Love­day, pres­i­dent, said: “The awards are held to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of the air cadets and the Squadron over the past year.

“Although the pri­mary goal was to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of the cadets, Flight Lieu­tenant Rior­dan thanked all the staff, par­ents and sup­port­ers who make it pos­si­ble for the squadron to func­tion and thrive.

“Many thanks to Mac- cles­field Rugby Union FC for be­ing such gen­er­ous hosts.”

The squadron is part of the Air Cadet Or­gan­i­sa­tion with more than 40,000 mem­bers aged be­tween 13 and 20 years across the UK, spon­sored by the Royal Air Force.

It aims to of­fer ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop a range of skills, en­cour­age an in­ter­est in avi­a­tion and de­velop lead­er­ship and good cit­i­zen­ship.

●● Cadet flight sergeant Emily Bethell be­ing pre­sented with her cer­tifi­cate by town mayor Amanda Stott. Flight lieu­tenant Paul Rior­dan looks on

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