Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Mayers of 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron ATC has been appointed the Lord Lieutenants Air Cadet for Lincolnshire.

Lord Lieutenant’s cadets are selected one from each of the Air, Army, Combined and Sea cadet units in the county. This is a nation-wide scheme.

Matthew (17) was selected for the position in competition with cadets from the eighteen other Air Training Corps Squadrons in Lincolnshire. He will join with his counterparts from the Army Cadet Force, Combined Cadet Force and Sea Cadets Corps in what is considered one of the highest honours a cadet can achieve.

As the Lord Lieutenants Air Cadet he will accompany Mr Toby Dennis, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, on a number of his official engagements throughout the coming year. The first such engagement will be the Remembrance Day service at Lincoln Cathedral. Should there be a visit by a member of the Royal family to Lincolnshire, Alex will be there.

Matthew, who joined the Air Cadets five years ago, has had the ambition to achieve this distinction from early on in his cadet career. This is the fourth time this decade that a cadet from Sleaford has been honoured with this appointment, a reflection of the high standard achieved by the squadrons’ cadets.

His appointment was marked by the presentation of his badge of office at a formal reception at RAF Digby Officers’ Mess hosted by the Lord Lieutenant.

Matthew said following the presentation of his badge:- “I am deeply honoured to have been selected for this role and I will do my utmost to uphold the high standard achieved by my predecessors; I hope I gain as many great memories by performing the role as well as they did”.