A DEDICATED North Ayrshire teenager has been honoured with one of the most coveted positions in the entire cadet movement - for a second time.

Around this time last year Lance Corporal Evan McKinnon, from Dalry - a member of the Irvine detachment of the Royal Marines Cadets - was appointed Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet for Ayrshire and Arran.

The role saw former St Matthew's Academy pupil Evan act as an aide and representative of the cadet forces to the royal family, as well as assisting Lord-Lieutenant Iona McDonald OBE with her duties over the past 12 months.

Evan blazed a trail through his appointment as the first ever Royal Marines Cadet from Ayrshire and Arran to be appointed Lord Lieutenant's Cadet.

It was a role that Evan, a Royal Marine cadet of the past three years, thrived in - so much so that his tenure has been extended for a further 12 months.

Not only is this an extremely rare occurrence, it is the first time this has ever happened in Ayrshire.

It is the latest in a long line of achievement for the 17-year old who is currently finishing up a college course in sports and fitness.

Evan commented: “Being selected for Lord Lieutenants Cadet for one year felt amazing, but being re-elected to carry on the duty for an extended time was something I never thought was going to happen, nor possible.”

While his mother Kirsty added: "Evan has type one diabetes and this October will be his 10 years since being diagnosed.

"It makes it that little bit more special for him, showing type one doesn't hold you back."