Lord-Lieutenant honours inspirational Cornwall Army Cadets officer


151015WX-PR-_MG_8964A 30-year-old Cornwall Army Cadet Force officer has become one of the youngest people to be honoured with the award of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.

The presentation to Captain Michelle Young by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, took place during ceremonies at Truro’s Great Hall.

Michelle, of Gorran Haven, near St Austell, joined the ACF as a Serjeant Instructor at Falmouth Detachment in 2004.

She was commissioned in 2010 as Detachment Commander at Redruth but is now the Cornwall ACF Sports Officer, making full use of skills from her civilian job as a Further Education sports teacher. Thanks to her encouragement, many cadets have gained regional and national colours in athletics, cross country, hockey, swimming, soccer and rugby.

Michelle, who is also Cornwall ACF’s Achievements Officer for the Civilian Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO), was never a cadet herself. “My interest began while taking a public services course at college and it just grew from there,” she said.

“Youngsters who are prepared to take time out at weekends and enjoy a whole variety of activities benefit in so many ways – far better than just sitting at home watching television!”

The Great Hall ceremonies also 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.

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:

  • Harry Avard, aged 16, of Truro, Leading Cadet, Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets.
  • Calum Deakin, of Truro, Cadet Colour Sergeant, Redruth Detachment, Cornwall Army Cadet Force.
  • Christopher Yarde-Dent, aged 18, of Redruth, Cadet Warrant Officer, 77 (Redruth) Squadron, Air Training Corps.

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