Innerleithen cadet Mark is set to stand on ceremony

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INNERLEITHEN flight sergeant Mark Robertson has been named the Lord Lieutenant’s cadet for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

Mark, of the Galashiels squadron, will accompany Lord Lieutenant Gerald Maitland-Carew on ceremonial duties throughout the area for the next year.

The Peebles High School pupil will support the Lord Lieutenant on special occasions such as royal visits, Remembrance Sunday and other official engagements.

A spokesman for the squadron said: “Mark joined the air cadets in February 2008 and is a very loyal and committed cadet.

“He is regularly involved in squadron activities at weekends, such as flying, bag-packing, car parking, recruitment and community events.

“He is reliable, courteous, very well mannered and is always very smart in appearance.”

The spokesman added Mark was awarded the Scottish Borders Youth Volunteering Exceptional Award this year by football pundit Pat Nevin.

The spokesman added: “Mark is involved in a number of volunteering efforts out with the air cadets, including working with people with disabilities and people diagnosed with diabetes.

“He plans to study medicine at university and hopes to eventually join the RAF.”

Mark was presented with a certificate and uniform badges at a special ceremony at squadron headquarters by Lord Lieutenant Gerald Maitland-Carew when he visited the squadron and viewed the range of activities on offer.