THE FLIGHT Lieutenant of Droitwich’s air cadets unit has scooped a prestigious award for the work he has done in helping the young people being among the best of the country.
Paul Wilde, of 2516 (Droitwich) Squadron Air Training Corps, was handed Wychavon District Council’s top Diamond Jubilee Community Recognition Award for his dedication to the cause.
The accolades celebrate individuals and groups who have provided exceptional service to others in their community.
Flt Lt Wilde has been with the cadets for more than 34 years after joining in 1981 and he took over leadership of the squadron in 2007.
He was nominated for the award by Droitwich Town Council.
He led the squadron to victory in the National Marching Drill Competition in 2011 and in 2013 they were awarded the Morris Trophy for second best in the country.
Flt Lt Wilde received a trophy to keep for the year and £200 to boost his work with the cadets.
He said: “I am shocked and surprised at being nominated but very proud to have this award in recognition of my work with the 2516 (Droitwich) Squadron Air Training Corps.”
Coun Lynne Duffy, chairman of Wychavon District Council who presented Flt Lt Wilde with his award, said: “It was tremendous to see and recognise so much local talent and community spirit.
“I feel very proud knowing that we have such dedicated people in our community doing such wonderful work.”