Cadet award and Lord Lieutenant joy for Pont teenager

Lord Lieutenant Cadet James Dey with Area Officer Peter Adams.
Lord Lieutenant Cadet James Dey with Area Officer Peter Adams.

A Ponteland High School students has received a major nautical accolade and been selected to take on a prestigious role.

James Dey has been in the Sea Cadets organisation for more than six years and he attends sessions twice a week.

He has achieved a range of qualifications, including Royal Yachting Association (RYA) level two power boating, RYA rowing coxswains and class two marine engineering.

At a recent unit ceremony, he received the Cadet of the Year Award as voted by all members of staff and he has also gained the honour of becoming a Lord Lieutenant Cadet following the submission of his achievements by his Commanding Officer, Margaret Bickle, and an interview.

James said: “This is such an amazing opportunity for me as I’ve worked long and hard for many years to gain a position as amazing and life changing as this.

“I’m overjoyed to be thought of as good enough for this role.

“As well as working towards qualifications, I’ve participated in many fund-raising events such as the Sea Cadet 150 in the MetroCentre and poppy selling for the Royal British Legion and I’ve also been involved in various boating and land-based competitions at all levels.”