Honour for sea cadet

A SEA cadet from South Kirkby has been awarded a prestigious honour in recognition of her outstanding service.

Hemsworth Arts and Community College student Susan Clark has been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for South Yorkshire - the highest honour in the cadets, at a ceremony at Scarbrough Barracks Territotrial Army Centre in Doncaster last week.

Susan, 17, joined Barnsley Sea Cadets at the age of ten, originally with the intention of joining the Navy when she was older.

She has since risen to the rank of petty officer cadet, the highest rank in the sea cadets, and acts as a role model for younger cadets. She also acts as a standard bearer for the Royal British Legion, in addition to fundraising for Help for Heroes and the Legion.

Susan said: “I’ve loved every minute of being in the cadets and have had the opportunity to do things and go places which not many of my age would. I particularly enjoy teaching the younger and more junior sea cadets and hope to continue doing so when I’m 18 when I become a sea cadet staff member.

“It’s an enormous honour to have been chosen to represent the sea cadets as South Yorkshire’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, and I feel I’ve done my unit very proud.”

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