A talented teenager has been awarded the prestigious appointment of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet – the highest honour in the Cadets – in recognition of his outstanding service in the Sea Cadet Corps at Scarborough.
The certificate was presented to Leading Cadet Ben Robinson, 16, from Lyell Street, by Lord Crathorne, Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, at a ceremony held at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
Always the first to volunteer when help is required, Ben is described as a fantastic role model for all the cadets at Scarborough.
Joining at the age of 10, having just moved into the area, Ben has become a valued member of the unit, supporting staff and teaching classes on parade nights, as well as making the most of everything the Sea Cadets has to offer and participating in every event organised.
His commitment, dedication and positive attitude has also led him to representing the unit in many public events and engagements, including meeting HRH Duke of York at the Kohima Commemoration in York last year, the First Sea Lord in Whitby and being the standard bearer on numerous occasions on Remembrance Day.
Ben, who attends Scarborough Sixth Form College, said: “I feel extremely proud at receiving this prestigious award.
“Having just moved to the area in 2007 I wanted to meet people with similar interests to myself.
“My Dad suggested the sea cadets as he used to be a cadet and was also in the Royal Navy. I went to the unit, joined at age 10, and never looked back.”
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, deputy chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and the Humber which runs the awards, commented: “The Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate is a prestigious award that recognises cadets who have performed above expectations. I’m delighted for Ben who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”
Ben 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.