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Cadet role hat-trick for Air Training Corps squadron

Daniel Smith receives his Lord Lieutenant's Cadet certificate from the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Brian Jobson.

Daniel Smith receives his Lord Lieutenant's Cadet certificate from the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Brian Jobson.

A Morpeth air cadet has made it three prestigious county appointments in a row for his squadron.

Daniel Smith was selected as a Lord Lieutenant’s cadet for Northumberland following an interview at the Durham and Northumberland Wing headquarters.

The 18-year-old will assist the Lord Lieutenant (the Duchess of Northumberland) in her duties along with the representative from the sea cadets and army cadets. These will include parade events and any Royal visits during the next 12 months.

He is representing the 404 (Morpeth) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), as was Bridget Donaldson in the previous 12 months and Alice Earle the year before that when they were chosen for the same role.

The Cadet Sergeant said: “I was nervous to start with in the interview, but once I answered a few questions I was able to relax. I was told I had been selected later on in the day and I was really surprised and happy to be chosen.

“I received my certificate from the Duchess at a ceremony in Blyth and it was nice to have a chat with her about what we do in the Morpeth squadron.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’ve received some great advice from both Alice and Bridget.

“Being in the air cadets has been very beneficial as I’ve tried lots of new things and learned useful skills. The activities include flying in a Grob Tutor aircraft (accompanied by an RAF pilot), gliding and climbing.”

Daniel, who lives in Lancaster Park and attends King Edward VI School, is also an Explorer Scout in Morpeth and is working towards his Queens Scout and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

He was nominated by Flight Lieutenant Bob Donothey, 404 (Morpeth) Squadron commander, who said: “Daniel is a fine young man and is doing really well at the squadron.

“We’ve had a number of Lord Lieutenant’s cadets over the years, but to have three in consecutive years is amazing and it gives me a great feeling.”

The squadron meets on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7pm at the ATC building in Gas House Lane. The recruitment ages are 13 to 17.

 

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