The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Elizabeth Gass, has chosen the five Cadets who will accompany her on royal visits and other official engagements in 2014.
They were hand-picked from each of the uniformed Cadet organisations – the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC) – and also from the Combined Cadet Forces run by schools, after showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective units.
The up-and-coming Cadets were presented with certificates and badges during a ceremony held at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, where Lord-lieutenant’s Certificates of Meritorious Service were also presented to long-serving members of the Reserve and the Cadet forces.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative for the county and presents a variety of awards, from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service and export performance.
She also hosts royal visits in the county and plays a role in special events such as Remembrance Parades and royal visits, where she will be accompanied by the five chosen Lord-Lieutenant Cadets who will assist her with official duties.
Congratulating the Cadets on their appointment, Lady Gass said: “I would like to congratulate the young Cadets as it is most impressive to hear what they have achieved at such a young age.”
The Cadets, chosen on their merits within the cadet force and also for their dedication and work within the local community are:
• Leading Cadet Oliver Harmer, of Yeovil, aged 17, a member of Yeovil Sea Cadets – Oliver has been a member of the SCC for four years and has dreams of joining the Royal Navy. He has achieved a Second Class Qualification in Seamanship, his Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh award and is qualified as an SCC rowing coxwain.
• Cadet Serjeant Owen Bishop, of Burnham-on-Sea, aged 17, a member of Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF – Owen is a committed Cadet who enjoys the outdoor activities offered by the ACF, particularly shotgun shooting and fishing. He is an aspiring professional chef and is working part-time with an events catering company in Bath.
• Cadet Serjeant Laura Scull, of Radstock, aged 17, a member of Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF – Laura is an excellent example to younger Cadets in the Unit and has received many awards for her shooting skills. She aspires to be a police officer and has recently completed work experience with Avon and Somerset Police.
• Cadet Flight Sergeant Sid Janota, of Bath, aged 17, a member of 93 (City of Bath) Squadron Air Training Corps – Sid is a model Cadet who hopes to become a pilot after university. He is very accomplished academically and is studying for five A Levels. He has applied to study mathematics at Cambridge University.
• Cadet Sergeant Patrick Cartwright, of Wilton, aged 17, a member of King’s School Combined Cadet Force in Taunton – Patrick is a full time boarder at King’s College where he is a keen actor, musician and sportsman. Through the CCF he has gained his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and successfully led his 45-mile Ten Tors team across Dartmoor