Teenage cadet in the running for top award

Rossall Sixth Form student Matthew Baldwin in CCF (RAF) uniform
Rossall Sixth Form student Matthew Baldwin in CCF (RAF) uniform
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A sixth form student could be set for a once-in-a-liftime trip to South Africa after being recognised for his commitment to the Combined Cadet Force.

Matthew Baldwin, a student at Rossall Sixth Form, is one of 24 cadets from across the country to be shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the Duke of Westminster Award for Cadet of the Year.

The teen from Fleetwood is now competing to become one of nine military cadets to fly to South Africa in July to contribute to a community project, as well as to win the top honour.

The 17-year-old, who is studying A Levels in history, music and theatre and hopes to read military history at university, has been an active member of Rossall School CCF, a tri-Service military cadet organisation, representing the school and leading the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Blackpool in November 2014.

Headteacher Elaine Purves said: “This is such a wonderful achievement.

“Rossall School is home to the oldest CCF in the country, and being part of the organisation helps all our students to develop leadership and teamwork skills which will be valuable in the future.”