Sunderland student chosen as Royal cadet

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A CITY student has been selected to be one of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets for 2013.

Jill Watson, 17, of Castletown, has been recognised after serving as part of the Air Cadets 234 City of Durham Squadron for four-and-a-half years.

The Sunderland College student will assist the Lord Lieutenant as required – often on parade for Royal visits.

“To be chosen to represent the Air Cadets is a huge honour,” said Jill. “Only the top cadets in each squadron are chosen so it’s very exciting for me.”

As part of her selection process, Jill attended the Eden Armoury in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, where she was presented with awards and certificates by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Paul Nicholson – a former Vaux Brewery chairman.

Jill added: “I’ll be expected to accompany the Lord Lieutenant on all sorts of official engagements around Durham and Sunderland.

“It could be for things like Remembrance Sunday or for official Royal visits.

“My family is very proud and I’ll actually be following in my brother’s footsteps, who a few years ago was also selected to represent the Air Cadets.

“During my time in the Air Cadets I’ve been able to do so much, like complete my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.”

Jill is studying for a Level 3 BTEC in sports development, coaching and fitness at Sunderland College with the aim of becoming a PE teacher.

Jill’s college tutor Danielle Oliver said: “We’re all really proud of Jill.

“She gets involved in all the college’s enrichment activities and I’m sure she will show the same commitment to her new role as she does to her studies.”

Each year the Lord Lieutenant selects cadets from a range of uniformed organisations including the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadets and the St John Ambulance.

When on duty, Jill will wear a distinctive sash with the badge of their appointment, to denote her role.

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