Castleford cadet wins top honour from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire


Castleford cadet Harry Woodall has been recognised for his outstanding achievements by being awarded the highest honour a cadet from any service can receive – appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.

The role means the teenager will assist Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Johanna Ropner in her duties in the coming year. She appointed him at a special ceremony at St Peter’s School in York last night.

Host of qualifications

Harry, aged 17, joined the RAF section of the Combined Cadet Force at his school, Read School in Drax, in 2015 and has reached the rank of cadet sergeant. During his time with his unit, he has gained a host of qualifications including a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and a BTEC in teamwork and personal development.

The Lord-Lieutenant said:

“The cadet movement has a transformative impact on the lives of young people and I am delighted to be able to recognise Harry as an inspirational cadet who has grasped all the opportunities that being a cadet has given him and emerged as a fantastic role model. I am looking forward to him joining me on many of my duties in the year ahead.”

Head boy

Harry, who is a keen sportsman and is head boy of Read School, has been on camps across the UK and achieved his Bronze Wings in flying at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. He said:

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the cadets and it has helped develop and shape the confident person I am today.

“I am honoured to have been appointed to such a prestigious role and will support HM Lord-Lieutenant to the best of my abilities.”

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