Young cadets flying high after awards
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