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Sea Cadets honour ‘Topp’ service

Betty (photographed with flowers) was thanked for her 50 years with the Stonehaven Air Cadets

Betty (photographed with flowers) was thanked for her 50 years with the Stonehaven Air Cadets

A local Stonehaven woman has been honour by the cadets for half a century in service with them.

On Monday evening, December 16, a presentation was made to Miss Elizabeth (Betty) Topp in recognition of more than 50 years service with the Stonehaven and District Sea Cadet Unit at T.S. Carron.

Betty was born on June 10, 1923, and served in the WRNS during the SecondWorld War. In February 1962 Betty, along with the late Margaret Waldie, established a Girls Nautical Training Corps (GNTC) Section at T.S. Carron where she joined as Third Officer. In 1975, now Second Officer, Betty’s service with the T.S. Carron GNTC was recognised by a Certificate of Service signed by a Navy League Rear Admiral.

Betty was then immediately elected to serve on the Unit Management Committee (UMC) and served continuously until standing down at the AGM in 2013.

In token of her long and highly valued service at the Unit for over 50 years Betty was presented with an engraved crystal vase by the current Unit Chairman John Agnew.

Leading Junior Cadet Martha Craig presented her with a bouquet of flowers. A special cake had been baked for the occasion which Betty cut during a reception at the Unit organised by the Unit’s Parents and Supporters Association.

Among those present were Unit President and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr. Andrew Orr DL, District Officer (Grampian) LtCdr (SCC) Brian Mair RNR and his wife Mrs Pat Mair, Assistant District Officer (Grampian) A/LtCdr (SCC) Kevin Morris RNR and Unit Chaplain Rev. Margaret Jackson.

 

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