Grantham squadron says goodbye to retiring cadet

Tom Joseph presents gifts to Liam Shirtcliffe, who has retired, in front of the squadron.

Tom Joseph presents gifts to Liam Shirtcliffe, who has retired, in front of the squadron.

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Cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron Air Training Corps said goodbye to a long-serving member who has just retired.

Cadet Warrant Officer Liam Shirtcliffe celebrated his 20th birthday last week and under the rules of the ATC, once a cadet reaches the age of 20 they have to retire.

Liam joined the squadron in July 2007 aged 13. Liam is a former student of St Hugh’s School and has worked at Metron Eledyne in the town since leaving school.

Liam has risen through the ranks to become the most senior and achieve the top rank any cadet can reach of Cadet Warrant Officer.

Liam’s most memorable moment was seeing the Queen and speaking with the Duke of Edinburgh at RAF Cranwell.

The officer commanding 47F squadron, Flight Lieutenant Paul James said: “Liam is a ‘model’ cadet and has shown a good example to the squadron. We will all miss him and we wish him well.”

Liam said: “It has been a fantastic time at 47F, I have made many friends and I am just pleased to have reached this far during my time with the ATC.”

Cadet Warrant Officer Tom Joseph presented gifts to Liam on his last night on behalf of the cadets. Tom is now the most senior cadet at 47F Grantham Squadron.