A teenage air cadet has fought off stiff competition to receive a prestigious county honour.
Cadet Warrant Officer Chris Perkins, from the Kettering Air Cadets, says it feels “fantastic” to have been chosen as one of the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire’s four cadets for the next 12 months.
The 19-year-old was invested into his role, which involves assisting Lady Juliet Townsend – the Queen’s official representative in the county – on official duties, last month.
He has earned the honour after a range of achievements during his three years as an air cadet – he has been gliding for two years, has completed a gliding scholarship at RAF Henlow and is just 13 flying hours away from gaining his pilot’s licence.
“I’m looking forward to my role as a Lord Lieutenant’s cadet, and see it as a great opportunity to show people what the air cadets are all about,” he said.
“It’s fantastic, I’m really honoured to get to do it. There are not many people who do.”
Chris’s first duty is this weekend, when he will help the Lord Lieutenant mark Remembrance Sunday at All Saints’ Church in Northampton.
Chris’s commanding officer at Kettering Air Cadets, Flight Lieutenant Guy Slack, who nominated him for the honour, said he was over the moon that Chris had become the latest person from the organisation to be made one of the Lord Lieutenant’s cadets.
“You could see maybe three years ago that he would turn out to be a flyer of some capability,” he said. “Chris is now an invaluable member of staff, which goes to show the ability he’s got at such a young age.
“It’s quite an accolade for the cadet organisation in the town. The cadets we have in Kettering are in tune with training, they enjoy taking up all the activities and opportunities.
“I am grateful to have this great pool of talent.”