Air cadet awarded highest honour

Prestigious honour for Air Cadet Jordan Madeley (R), awarded Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet by Lord Crathorne
Prestigious honour for Air Cadet Jordan Madeley (R), awarded Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet by Lord Crathorne

A talented teenage cadet from Harrogatehas been awarded the highest honour in the cadets, in recognition of his outstanding service in the Air Training Corps.

Jordan Madeley, 17, from Bilton was presented with the prestigious appointment of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet by Lord Crathorne, Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.

The accolade means Jordan now holds the position of Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for North Yorkshire and is among only 12 out of 8.500 Cadets to be selected.

Jordan, who attends St Aidan’s C of E High School, said: “I originally joined cadets because my brother and father were a part of the Air Training Corps.

“As soon as I stepped into the uniform I felt very proud to be an air cadet and it gives me great sense of honour when I think of the importance of this award.”

Jordan has been involved in all aspects of the cadets over the years, including fundraising for charities such as the RAFA Wings Appeal and the Royal British Legion as well as volunteering his services at the local hospital.

The teenager recently won best drill at the wing training day, beating off stiff competition from 27 other squadrons, and was named the Royal Air Forces Association (Northern Area) Young Person of the Year Award.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and the Humber which runs the awards, said: “The Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate is a prestigious award that recognises cadets who have performed above expectations.

“I’m delighted for Jordan who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”

Colonel Bleasdale also appealed for more adult volunteers to support the region’s 8,500 cadets: “We would love to hear from people who are willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an Adult Instructor – no military experience is needed.”

For more information visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk.