A 32-year-old Portishead man who works in Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s IT Department has been honoured for his dedication to the Air Training Corps with the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.

The presentation to Flight Lieutenant Will Hobbs took place during ceremonies at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.141102WX-PR-North-Somerset

As a youngster, Will joined 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron, returning there as a civilian instructor and then, after commissioning, taking over as Training Officer in 2005.

He then accepted the challenge of taking command at 1446 (Clevedon) Squadron, rescuing it from a struggling unit with only about a dozen cadets to a thriving squadron with 30 or more youngsters which produced a winning team in the National Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ schools’ aerospace competition.

Will has now stepped down and moved to a Squadron Officer role attached to 2492 (Portishead) Squadron. “It was time to move on,” he says. “I am just pleased that so many youngsters at Clevedon have benefited from the advantages the ATC brings in developing leadership, confidence and communication skills.”

The ceremonies 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. Representing the North Somerset area are:

  • Lucia Blackmore, aged 16, of Burnham-on-Sea, Burnham and Highbridge Army Cadet Force.
  • Mbale Hanyana, aged 18, of West Wick, Weston-super-Mare, 290 (WsM) Squadron, Air Training Corps

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