Lieutenant Peter Saupe received the Certificate for Meritorious Service from David Fursdon DL during ceremonies at the Council House, Plymouth.
Peter, 63, who works as a millwright at Willand-based JS Engineering, started out as an adult instructor before taking command of the unit for a number of years. Even now, he is still very much involved as ‘the man in charge of boats’.
He served in the RAF between 1969 and 1974 but it was six “tremendous years” as a Sea Cadet in Tiverton that had a huge impact on his life.
“I came from a typical council house background where money was tight,” he explained. “The Cadets gave me opportunities to experience things that otherwise would not have been possible.
“Later on, I felt very strongly that it was only right to give something back and to help another generation of youngsters to benefit.”
The Certificate for Meritorious Service was also presented to Sergeant Major Instructor Brian Snowden, of Tiverton, who has commanded four detachments in the county during lengthy service with the Army Cadet Force.
The ceremonies in the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room included the appointment of young people as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the next year, a role which includes attendance at a number of official engagements, including royal visits.
They were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The line-up included:
- Charlotte Sheppard, aged 17, of Cullompton, the Cadet Company Sergeant Major, Cullompton Detachment, Devon Army Cadet Force.