A TEACHING assistant has been honoured for his outstanding service to the Army Cadet Force with a prestigious award.

Ian Bush, 46, from Stroud, was presented with the award of the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire’s Certificate for Meritorious Service during a ceremony at the Officers’ Mess, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters, Imjin Barracks, Innsworth on October 2.

Ian served in the regular army for five years, mainly with the 1st Gloucestershire Regiment.

It was in 2005 that he saw an advert for volunteers willing to act as Army Cadet Force volunteers.

"I decided to give it a go and it was the best thing I have ever done," said Ian.

He specialises in teaching field craft and marksmanship – but also helps out with a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities, including archery and rock climbing.

“I like to put a bit of fire and enthusiasm into my lessons and to enjoy a bit of a joke,” he added.

"We get youngsters in the unit from all sorts of backgrounds but they all react positively, especially when there is a fun element involved."