Cadet FS Alex MacraeCadet Flight Sergeant Alexander MacRae, an Air Cadet with 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps was recently presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award certificate.  The presentation was made in a special ceremony at St James’s Palace.

To earn the award Alex completed five sections.  These included volunteering in the community, improving his physical fitness by playing Football and learning a new skill.

He also had to complete a Residential section for which he spent a week away from home on the training area at Wathgill, near Catterick.  The final section was a 4 day expedition coping with some extremely wet weather in the Lake District.

Before the presentation of certificates HRH the Duke of Edinburgh took time to chat with the award recipients and their guests. Alex was due to receive his award from Sir Chris Hoy, however, Sir Hoy’s wife went into premature labour the week before. The certificates were presented, in the end, by Major General John Crackett, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff.

On receiving the award Alex commented that “I had a great day, the palace was amazing and the presentation made all the work towards my award worthwhile!”