Three cadets from the East Coast have been recognised for their 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 teenagers will take turns assisting Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Johanna Ropner in her duties in the coming year. She appointed them at a special ceremony at St Peter’s School in York last night.
The cadets were:
- Jack Ellwood, aged 16, a Cadet Company Sergeant Major at Scarborough Detachment of Army Cadet Force.
- Michael Emerson, aged 18, a Cadet Warrant Officer with 740 (Whitby) Squadron, Central and East Yorkshire Wing, Air Training Corps.
- Shannon Marson, aged 16, a Leading Cadet at Scarborough Sea Cadets
Also honoured was cadet force adult volunteer, Rev Pamela Jennings, who was recognised for her 14 years of service to Scarborough Sea Cadets.
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 Jack, Michael and Shannon as truly inspirational cadets who have grasped all the opportunities that being a cadet has given them and emerged as fantastic role models. I am looking forward to them joining me on many of my duties in the year ahead.”
The winning cadets
Jack Ellwood, of Woodlands, Scarborough and attends Scarborough Sixth Form has been in the cadets since he was 12 and is currently training for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has represented his detachment at cross country and swimming and hopes to achieve his master cadet qualification this year.
“I have loved my time in the army cadets and to be rewarded for what I love is fantastic. I’m proud of all I have achieved and look forward to the opportunities that being a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet brings.”
Michael Emerson, of Saxon Road, who attends Whitby Sixth Form, was nominated for the position by Wing Commander Stephen Wiggins who described him as ‘exceptional’ and praised him for his success in winning a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, gaining a place on an exchange programme to the United States and helping to mentor younger cadets.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the cadets and am grateful for all the opportunities that it has given me, including a cadet exchange to the USA last year.
“I am honoured to have been appointed to such a prestigious role and will support HM Lord-Lieutenant to the best of my abilities.”
Shannon Marson, of Longwestgate, who is studying engineering at Scarborough TEC, has been a sea cadet since she was ten. She has a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and is a qualified to be an assistant rowing instructor.
“I joined Scarborough Sea Cadets because I used to see them parade in town and was impressed by how they always looked so smart! I was encouraged by my family to go down to the unit and from the moment I walked in I felt in the right place.
“I have accomplished more than I could have imagined, including facing and conquering a crippling fear of heights to climb to the top of a tall ship’s mast. To be receiving this award is one of the proudest moments of my life.”
Cadet force adult volunteer
Rev Pamela Jennings gave up a career in nursing to join the clergy and as well as being a vicar in Scarborough’s St Mary’s parish has been a chaplain for the Sea Cadets since 2005.
“My first contact with Scarborough Sea Cadets was when my youngest son joined. I was so impressed with the unit that when I was approached to help out, I didn’t hesitate.
“It is a privilege, honour and joy to serve as chaplain. It’s been truly humbling to see the cadets grow and mature with their experiences in the cadet forces acting as a foundation for their adult lives.”
Pictured with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, from left to right, are: Shannon, Jack and Michael.