Salute Thomas, the three-star cadet

Joining Colonel Desmond in his congratulations to Cadet Thomas Mills are (from left) Thomas's girlfriend, Lauren Kane, his sister, Julie-Ann and mum, Helen Mills, all from Larne. INLT 50-610-CON

Joining Colonel Desmond in his congratulations to Cadet Thomas Mills are (from left) Thomas's girlfriend, Lauren Kane, his sister, Julie-Ann and mum, Helen Mills, all from Larne. INLT 50-610-CON

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A TEENAGER from Larne has earned Three-Star Cadet status with a certificate presented at a ceremony held recently at Lowfield Camp in Ballymena.

Cadet Thomas Mills from Larne was congratulated by Colonel Denis Desmond, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Co Londonderry, who said: “I am delighted to showcase the achievements of Thomas and other teenagers from this corner of Northern Ireland who have done a great deal to make their parents, schools and communities proud.

“These young people have brought their time, enthusiasm and talents to the Cadet movement, one of Northern Ireland’s largest and longest established youth organisations, earning awards which reflect that commitment.

“The Cadet movement provides opportunities for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to acquire new skills, develop their personal qualities and make friends.

“It is as relevant today as it was when it was first established with membership offering young people opportunities to become better citizens and live up to their personal potential. Importantly, it also creates opportunities for young people to socialise and have fun within a secure yet challenging environment.

“I heartily congratulate Thomas and add a sincere thank you to the adult instructors who give the time and support required to make it all happen for all our highly motivated cadets.”