TWO CADETS from North Devon have been selected to become young ambassadors for the county.
Leading Cadet Andrew Macleod, 17, of Barnstaple who is a member of Barnstaple Sea Cadets and Cadet Company Sergeant Major Kimberley Morgan, 18, of Umberleigh who is a member of Devon Army Cadet Force are among six chosen by Devon's Lord Lieutenant Sir Eric Dancer.
They will be given the opportunity to assist him at various events and occasions, including royal visits and civic ceremonies.
They are chosen for showing exceptional dedication and skill at their respective units and also for their work within the local community.
Sir Eric said: "It is always a great pleasure to appoint the Lord Lieutenant's Cadets because they are inspiring young people who have already achieved so much. They are also outstanding role models to the rest of the Cadets and young people in Devon."
Special certificates and cloth badges were presented to the Cadets at a ceremony at the Council House in Plymouth.
As well as hosting royal visits, the Lord Lieutenant acts as the Queen's representative for the county in making a variety of awards from British Empire Medals to recognition of exceptional voluntary service.
He attends Remembrance parades and services as well as awarding the Elizabeth Cross to next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on active service.
The new crop of Lord Lieutenant Cadets will assist him at many of these events.
Leading Cadet Andrew Macleod is a committed and active member of his Sea Cadet Unit and spends his spare time volunteering with the Devon Wildlife Trust.
He holds a number of marine-based qualifications including the 2nd Class Award in seamanship, communications and navigation, together with a 3rd Class in marine engineering.
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Kimberley Morgan is a keen and enthusiastic member of Devon ACF and has represented the unit in athletics both locally and nationally.
She has recently completed her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and is hoping to take on the silver challenge soon.