Air cadet’s clever design puts South Shields landmark on squadron’s crest

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AN air cadet is flying high after his artistic designs were picked to make his South Tyneside squadron’s new crest.

Talented Danny Jones, a Royal Air Force Cadet for the 324 (South Shields) Squadron was delighted that his drawing of the Groyne was chosen as his unit’s new emblem.

The 14-year-old, from Horsley Hill, South Shields, sketched a freehand pencil image of the iconic red beacon which impressed judges.

His image will now be used on his squadron’s clothing and stationery.

Danny, who attends St Wilfrid’s RC College in Temple Park Road, South Shields, said: “I’m really surprised that my design was chosen. But I’m really happy and proud that it will be used on all squadron clothing and stationery for the foreseeable future.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham and Honorary Squadron President, Coun Tracey Dixon, along with Squadron Leader Colin Crann from Durham Northumberland Wing Headquarters, presented Danny with a print of his design at his cadets’ base in Highfield Road.

I’m really surprised that my design was chosen.

Cadet Danny Jones

Coun Cunningham said: “You can see that an amazing amount of effort has gone into this crest and Cadet Jones is a very talented artist.

“The Groyne is such an iconic image for everyone in South Tyneside and also a welcome sight to visitors from all over the world, so there could not be a better symbol to adopt.”

The crest will now be registered with HQ Air Cadets at RAF Cranwell and no other station or squadron throughout the RAF or Air Cadets Organisation will be able to copy or use it.

However, Danny, who hopes to be a serving member of the RAF in the future, has even more excitement to be looking forward to as he will soon be representing the squadron in a overseas trip to Gibraltar.

The squadron also recently held a family open night and raised £300 for Comic Relief.

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