By Royal Appointment

On Tuesday 16th April, cadets from 22 (Sandy) Squadron were honoured by a visit from the Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mrs Helen Nellis.

The visit marked the first visit by a Lord Lieutenant to the Squadron, with Mrs Nellis taking her time to meet the cadets and staff. The Squadron have in the past helped the Lord Lieutenant at the annual service for voluntary organisations.

During the evening, Mrs Nellis gave a presentation on her royal appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, as representative of the crown in Bedfordshire, as well as her aims and goals in the role.

The evening also saw the official presentation of a cheque to Help for Heroes, for the £1332.53 raised at Kings Cross railway station back in December 2012, for which the Lord Lieutenant commended the cadets for their hard work.

Flying Officer Robert Kitchener RAF VR(T), Squadron Officer Commanding commented “It was a privilege and honour for 22 (Sandy) Squadron to host the first female Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire. The Squadron looks forward to doing whatever it can to assist the Lord Lieutenant in the years to come”.

Mrs Nellis thanked the Squadron for the warm welcome given, and that is was a delight to meet the cadets.

22 (Sandy) Squadron Air Cadets