Two Larne youth workers have received one of the highest accolades that can be conferred on members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet movements.
Presented with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Outstanding Meritorious Service Above and Beyond The Call of Duty – an award which is second in importance only to one presented by The Queen – were Lieutenant Deirdre Lewis from the NI District Sea Cadets, and Warrant Officer John Robinson from 806 Larne Squadron Air Training Corps.
The pair received the certificates from Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, at a formal ceremony at Hillsborough Castle
Lieutenant Lewis joined the Larne Sea Cadet Unit in 1998 as a Petty Officer, rising through the ranks to Lieutenant and becoming Commanding Officer.
The citation which accompanies her award commends her for having consistently demonstrated “a zeal for the Cadets using her skills in work and family life to ensure every Cadet has the best opportunity to reach their potential.
“Lieutenant Lewis displays qualities of leadership which accord with the best traditions of the Royal Navy and the Sea Cadet Corps.”
Warrant Officer Robinson was recognised in his citation for 12 years of loyal and dedicated service and was described as “an inspiration to his peers on 806 Squadron and the Northern Ireland Wing.
“Warrant Officer Robinson is a self-motivated, committed, friendly, quietly spoken individual who is most eager to assist his Squadron, other units and the Northern Ireland Wing as a whole.”