A TALENTED air cadet has been chosen to represent his country in a trip of a lifetime to India.

Laurence Tully, 17, of Homesdale Road Bromley, set off last week to meet leaders of the Indian National Cadet corps who are celebrating their countrys independence from Britain.

Part of the trip will include meeting the the countrys President and Prime Minister.

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Only two other air cadets from Scotland and five others from the army and navy cadets are on the trip.

They will join up with 1,000 other cadets from around the world on this dream trip.

Part of the teenagers duties when he gets to the Republic Day Camp in Delhi will be to deliver a presentation to the other cadets from around the world.

He will also present a shield on behalf of Bromley Council to his hosts, the Chief of Staff of the Indian defence forces.

Flight Lieutenant Godfrey Smith has been training Laurence since the youngster signed up some three years ago.

Laurence joined 768 Hayes School Squadron, West Common Road, Hayes in 1997.

His instructor, Lt Smith, said he was impressed with the ambassador.

Laurence is one of our finest students, which is why we chose him.

Hes is extremely talented at drill, map reading and a great example to everyone at the corps.

He added: He will a wonderful ambassador for the country.