Award honour for air man Alan

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AVOLUNTEER with the Mac­cles­field Air Cadets has been hon­oured with a spe­cial award.

Flight Lieu­tenant Alan Bethell, 57, was awarded Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieu­tenant’s Cer­tifi­cate of Merit in recog­ni­tion of his ex­cep­tional ser­vice with 236 (Bolling­ton) Squadron Air Cadets.

Alan be­gan as a cadet in 1972. In 1981 he was com­mis­sioned as an adult in­struc­tor.

Over his now 42 years of ser­vice, Alan has com­manded two squadrons, both of which were strug­gling in terms of num­bers when he took over, and both of which he de­vel­oped into thriv­ing and productive units.

Alan said: “I’m sur­prised, pleased and proud to be nom­i­nated for this award – how­ever, all Cadet or­gan­i­sa­tions are a team ef­fort, and I would not want to take all the credit where oth­ers are in­volved.”

Colonel Mark Un­der­hill, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the North West Re­serve Forces’ and Cadets’ As­so­ci­a­tion which runs the awards, said: “The LordLieu­tenant’s Awards give us an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the self­less com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of the men and women who serve in our na­tion’s Re­serve Forces.

“We also recog­nise the achieve­ments of the young peo­ple and adults who are mem­bers of the Cadet or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The Cadet move­ment of­fers un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in our re­gion to learn, grow and ex­cel.

“We must en­sure that these op­por­tu­ni­ties con­tinue to be ac­ces­si­ble to young peo­ple from all back­grounds, and this is only pos­si­ble with the sup­port of the ded­i­cated adult vol­un­teers who de­liver the qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, adventure and com­mu­nity projects our cadets en­joy.”

Alan was pre­sented with his award by Mr David Briggs, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieu­tenant for Cheshire, dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Ch­ester Town Hall.

The an­nual cer­e­mony, which cel­e­brates the achieve­ments of mem­bers of the Re­serve Forces and Cadet or­gan­i­sa­tions, saw 11 adults and young peo­ple hon­oured.

Flight Lieu­tenant Alan Bethell (right) be­ing pre­sented with his award

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