Cadet hon­our is fly­ing start to ca­reer

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A TYTHER­ING­TON School pupil has been named as the Lord Lieu­tenant’s Cadet for Cheshire.

Emily Bethell, 17, a cadet war­rant of­fi­cer, joined the Air Train­ing Corps at the age of 13 and is a mem­ber of the 236 Bolling­ton Squadron.

She has am­bi­tions to be an aerospace battle manager work­ing as a weaponeer con­trol­ling weapon sys­tems on air­craft.

Emily, who lives with her mum Sharon, dad Alan and sis­ter Lucy on South­down Close, said: “I was quite shocked when the let­ter landed on my doorstep.

“I knew I had been nom­i­nated but I was up against at least nine or ten oth­ers.”

The sixth for­mer fol­lows in the foot­steps of her dad, Flight Lieu­tenant Alan Bethell, a com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer in the Royal Air Force Re­serves for 35 years and un­cles Flight Lieu­tenant Stephen Bethell, a C-17 mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft pi­lot, and Mark, also a Royal Air Force man.

She said: “There is just so much va­ri­ety – one week­end I could be fly­ing and the next on a shoot­ing range.

“It’s quite sat­is­fy­ing when peo­ple ask me what I did at the week­end and I say aer­o­bat­ics.”

Emily will at­tend an investiture cer­e­mony for her new role on June 17 at Ch­ester Cathe­dral.

Be­fore then she will be re­vis­ing for her A-lev­els and vis­it­ing a crew se­lec­tion cen­tre in Gran­tham to take a se­ries of ap­ti­tude tests for var­i­ous Royal Air Force roles.

She has an ex­cit­ing sum­mer ahead too, with a trip to Canada for an in­ter­na­tional cadet ex­change.

She will also do 12 hours train­ing for her pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cence in Au­gust.

As for her sis­ter Lucy, she is hap­pier keep­ing her feet on the ground.

Emily said: “I am the tomboy in the fam­ily.

“Lucy does a lot of sewing and bak­ing.

“I will come in af­ter a camp and there will be a mas­sive plate of brown­ies – it’s great!”

●● Emily, pic­tured cen­tre with her un­cle, Flt Lt Stephen Bethell RAF and dad, Flt Lt Alan Bethell RAFVR(T). Left: Emily at a Re­mem­brance pa­rade last Novem­ber

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