New Mayoral Cadet appointed to help Mayor and Mayoress serve South Tyneside
An armed forces cadet has officially taken on her role helping the Mayor of South Tyneside with her duties.
Corporal Sky-Marie Hannah-Green, of 324 South Shields Squadron Air Training Corps, has been chosen as the borough’s ‘Mayoral Cadet’ to accompany the new mayor and mayoress at civic engagements over the coming year.
The Mayor’s Cadet supports the Mayor and Mayoress in fulfilling their roles at official civic events during their time in office – from attending annual commemorations to helping to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charity.
Cpl Hannah-Green was presented with her cadet uniform badge by the mayor, Councillor Pat Hay, during a visit to the Squadron’s parade ground in Highfield Road.
Cllr Hay said: “It was a real privilege to meet Cpl Hannah-Green and present her with her badge. The Mayoress and I are very much looking forward to having her support during our engagements this year.
“South Tyneside Council is a long-standing supporter of the Armed Forces, acknowledging the enormous sacrifice made by both serving personnel and veterans and we have a long history with 324 Squadron.
“The tradition of the Mayoral Cadet also allows us to maintain the close working relationship between the Civic Office and the squadron, while also giving our young people the opportunity to develop and grow and gain new experiences they will remember for many years to come.
“We also hope their role will help to inspire other young people to consider joining groups such as the Air Cadets and raise awareness of the opportunities they can offer.”
On behalf of the former Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Norman Dick and Mrs Jean Williamson, the Mayor also handed over plaques to Flight Sergeant Laura Tearle and Cadet Kai Wisniewski as a token of appreciation and recognition of their service and support during Councillor Dick’s unprecedented two years’ in office.
Councillor Dick said: “Both Laura and Kai are a credit to the 324 Squadron and to their families. They were always very polite and professional and despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on many civic engagements, they have proven to be superb representatives for the cadets and for South Tyneside. We would like to thank them both for their exceptional service and wish them well in their future endeavours.”