Top accolade for Scarboro’ cadet Michael

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A talented Scarborough sea cadet has been awarded the highest honour in the cadet forces in recognition of his outstanding service.

Michael Stables, 16, of Barrowcliff, has been given the prestigious appointment of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for North Yorkshire.

Petty Officer Stables was appointed by Brigadier John Wardle, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a special ceremony held in Strensall, in front of family, friends and many local dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough and the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire.

Described at the award ceremony as a very responsible and reliable young man, Michael thrives on new challenges and is an excellent mentor to younger cadets.

A very active cadet, Michael has acquired extensive experience and qualifications in activities such as sailing, first aid, rowing and windsurfing.

Last October, Michael was also chosen to join the Jubilee Sailing Trust and sailed from Australia to New Zealand to help less able bodied people to sail, receiving a glowing report from the trust.

Michael 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.

Michael’s reaction

Reflecting on his new role, Michael said: “I am honoured to have received this very prestigious award which I know is one of the highest honours in the cadet world. It is certainly one of the highlights of my cadet career.”

Association’s comment

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “I’m delighted for Michael who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”