Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant honours outstanding members of the cadet and reserve forces


Outstanding members of the cadet and reserve forces have been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Ed Anderson.

Among them was 16-year-old Army Cadet Sergeant Shannon Lawler (pictured front, left) from Odsal Detachment, Bradford, who was awarded the highest honour a cadet from any service can achieve – appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet.

An award was also presented to cadet force adult volunteers, Petty Officer Gareth Everitt, of Wakefield Sea Cadets (pictured far left) and Flight Lieutenant Terry Baynes (right) of South and West Yorkshire Wing Air Training Corps.

Reservists who were honoured were Staff Sergeant Patrick O’Kane, of 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers, Wakefield, (second left) and three reservists from Leeds-based 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment. They were:

Sergeant Darren Vickerage, of Rotherham (fourth from left, back row)

Colour Sergeant Stephen Lightowler, of Silsden (fifth from left)

Staff Sergeant Careen Thorn, of Leeds (front, right)

Mr Anderson, pictured third from left, said:

“Among our cadets and reservists, we have some truly remarkable individuals who make a real difference and rightly deserve recognition.

“I am delighted to be able to pay tribute to Shannon, a truly inspirational cadet who has grasped all the opportunities that being a cadet has to offer and emerged as a fantastic role model. I am looking forward to her joining me on many of my duties in the year ahead.

“Reservists combine civilian jobs with military careers and make a huge contribution to Britain’s Armed Forces. So it is a pleasure to honour four reservists who have made a particularly outstanding mark on the work of their unit and are deserving of special praise.”

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