Air Cadet instructor and volunteer Michael Oliver has been awarded the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.

He received the award at a special ceremony held in recognition of his contribution, dedication and commitment to the Air Training Corps. It is one of the highest honours in the forces, ranking next to the MBE.

Warrant Officer Oliver, 48, who lives in Watford, is a Maintenance Engineer and has volunteered as an adult instructor at 1083 (Uxbridge) Squadron for the past 27 years.

A former Air Cadet himself he continued as an adult volunteer in order to help the cadets better themselves and is motivated to know that he is helping them to achieve. The highlight of his service to date has been attaining his Mountain Leader Award so that he can help the cadets enjoy the mountains and countryside.

He said "I feel very proud and honoured to receive this award. It means a lot to me and recognises all the hard work and achievements with the Air Cadets."

Addressing the soldiers, cadets and invited guests, Sir David Brewer Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, who presented the award said: "Tonight is an evening of celebration to mark with great enthusiasm London’s very special sons and daughters.

"It is my opportunity to present awards and medals to the Volunteers and Reservists, to mark what they have done and their service.

It is also my chance to thank everyone on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen for their service. The Volunteers and Reservists are doing a marvellous job and are a great asset to our country. "