The commanding officer of Musselburgh Sea Cadets has received a top accolade for his “outstanding commitment” to the cadets.

Warrant Officer Chris Gay was one of ten Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from across the lowlands of Scotland who were presented with a Cadet Adult Recognition Award (CARA).

For the past three years, the awards have recognised the “dedication and selflessness” of CFAVs who help young people aged 12 to 18 develop new skills, prepare for adult life and make lasting friendships.

All nominations are submitted by cadet members of the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps.

Mr Gay was nominated by the cadets who wanted to thank him for his service, and his Sea Cadet East award was sponsored by BD Print.

He said: “Being a former sea cadet myself, it’s great to see the cadets appreciating the work that the CFAVs do, not only here at Musselburgh, but in the wider organisation.”

Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) has been running the CARAs annually since 2020, and hosted an online award ceremony.

Each of the winning CFAVs gave an acceptance speech, thanking the cadets for taking the time to nominate them and showing appreciation for all the work they do.

Kate Johnston, Lowland RFCA head of communications said: “The vast proportion of those who deliver the cadet programme are volunteers.

“Many of these individuals have a lot to balance. with busy day jobs and families.

“This makes it all the more incredible that they freely give up hundreds of hours a year to assist young people in so many valuable ways.

“It’s utterly inspiring and we believe these fantastic volunteers deserve a big public thank you.”

As well as receiving a CARA certificate, each winner was also presented with a gift voucher sponsored by a local business.