Ian’s top award

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AIR cadet volunteer Ian Johnson has been awarded one of the highest honours in the armed forces for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Castleford branch.

Mr Johnson, 59 – who is an adult volunteer at the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) South and West Yorkshire Wing, based on Healdfield Road – was awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, at a private ceremony.

Mr Johnson – who became the branch’s sector commander in 2009 – said: “Working with young people is enormously rewarding just in itself, but to be honoured by others with such a prestigious award is a great privilege, and very unexpected.

“The ACO is a marvellous organisation, I enjoy it immensely and continue to look forward to helping and developing young people, and giving them the opportunity to experience everything the air cadets has to offer.”

Mr Johnson is one of only five people in West Yorkshire to be awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate, which is presented as a mounted scroll. He joined the air cadets aged 14 before he became a civilian instructor at 2460 (Pontefract) Squadron in 1973 and then continued to do voluntary service at the branch for 39 years. Visit www.rfca- yorkshire.org.uk for more information.