A Whitby teenager has been honoured for her outstanding service in the Air Cadets.
Amelia Luddington, 18, has been appointed the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for North Yorkshire – the highest honour that can be achieved by a cadet in any of the cadet forces.
Sergeant Luddington was appointed by Mr Barry Dodd CBE, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, at a special ceremony held at the Yorkshire (North & West) Army Cadet Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, in front of family, friends and many local dignitaries.
Amelia helps in the running of her squadron in Whitby and throughout her five years in the cadets has taken advantage of many opportunities which have come her way.
This included playing the bugle including last year in front of the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, passing the prestigious Junior Leaders Cadet course and becoming one of only nine cadets in the country to go to Ghana on a jungle survival course, learning leadership and other essential life skills in addition to taking part in a community project at an orphanage.
Amelia said: “The cadets have given me experiences and skills I never imagined. It is a great honour and privilege to be appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, and I hope that everything I’ve achieved in cadets will help to inspire younger cadets to achieve their true potential.”
Amelia was among only 12 cadets selected from a total of 8,500 across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region to be awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate. All cadets are between 10 and 18 years of age and can be part of the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force or Air Training Corps.