Cadet honour is flying start to career
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