Three of the four cadet representatives for Nottinghamshire come from Worksop and joined the county’s Lord Lieutenant for his annual Christmas Carol Service.
For one of the cadets, Jamie Platts who is the leading Air Training Corps cadet and flight sergeant, the service fell on his 18th birthday.
He said: “It was definitely a different birthday than I had been thinking about and I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was but it was a really nice event.
“It is an honour to be representing Workop and Nottinghamshire and the cadets and will be a birthday I remember.”
The cadets were selected to assist Sir John Peace with his duties and will hold this honour until September 2016.
Jamie, who wants to join the RAF as an engineer then take up a commission to be an officer, said: “I didn’t know I had been nominated for this role but I really pleased I have been picked because the position normally goes to those with a higher ranking.”
He described Sir John as a charming gentleman who was down to earth and was invited back to his house with the other cadets and organisers for a pie and pea supper after the carols on Friday, December 11.
His mum Claire Platt, said: “Yesterday our son and our youth did us and our town extremely proud.”
The other Worksop cadets who attended were Michael Pullin, from the St John’s Ambulance and Ryan Arnold represented the sea cadets.