Double honours at TS Ajax

Kenny Houston and cadet Connor Methven. Pic by George McLuskie.

Kenny Houston and cadet Connor Methven. Pic by George McLuskie.

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There was cause for double celebration at Methil Sea Cadets recently as two of their members received prestigious honours.

Chairman Kenny Houston, who has been a member of the unit for 18 years, has been awarded a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate for Meritorious Service to the unit.

I didn’t even know I had been put forward for it, so it really was a shock to find out I had been honoured

Kenny Houston, chairman

And AC Connor Methven has been appointed Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2015.

Kenny started at TS Ajax as a member of the unit management team before becoming secretary, a post he held for many years before recently rising to the appointment of chairman.

Speaking to the Mail, Kenny said he was delighted to have been recognised.

“It was a total shock! I didn’t even know I had been put forward for it, so it really was a shock to find out I had been honoured.”

An army cadet as a youngster, Kenny admits he didn’t even know the sea cadets were down at the docks before joining the committee 18 years ago.

“My niece Vicki had joined, and because I lived closer, I got asked to pick her up. I didn’t even know anything about the cadets. And it was just from going there ever week, and soon being invited in that I got involved and got asked to join the committee.”

Now, nearly two decades on, Kenny admits it is frightening to think he has been involved for so long, especially considering most of the cadets had not even been born when he joined.

Meanwhile, in his role as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for this year, Connor will have the great honour of accompanying Lord Lieutenant Robert Balfour to important engagements, acting as his personal escort.

Connor has been a cadet for the past six years and is planning on a career in the Royal Navy.

“When it was announced last week, Connor was so shocked,” said Kenny. “I think Methil is the only unit to have got both awards, so it’s a real kudos to the unit.”

Petty Officer Kevin Watters said: “As officer in charge I am extremely proud of both Kenny and Connor. It is a great achievement for both to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to the unit.”