Area news autumn 2022
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Six cadets from Belfast represented Northern Ireland at the recent National Combined Sea Cadets Regatta in London, where they won gold, silver and bronze medals. Cadets Ryan, Niamh, Laura, Jodie, James and Eva from Kinnegar, Holywood, gained places in the Northern Ireland team. “The whole experience was unreal,” said royal marines cadet Niamh.
“I hadn’t paddled before May this year and now I have a qualification in paddlesports and a gold medal!” RMC James said: “It was a long journey to the competition but worth it, even though I just missed out on a medal. Can’t wait until next year’s competition!”
Boris Johnson visited BAE systems in Barrow-in-Furness in August as part of a farewell tour during his final week as prime minister. Cadets from across North West Area were invited, with more than 90 representatives attending. The outgoing PM applauded the thousands of workers who helped to build HMS Anson, the newest Astute-class submarine, during its commissioning into the Royal Navy.
Lt (SCC) Niyall Phillips RNR, First Lieutenant at Barrow Sea Cadets, said: “It was great to have such a large cadet presence. I’ve received great feedback for the turnout and conduct of cadets on the day from various VIPs.”
Cadets and volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge Sea Cadets were among the crowds that took part in Burnham-On-Sea’s Rescue Services Day in August. The day featured a demonstration by the RNLI, a Coastguard mud rescue, and a hovercraft display by BARB Search and Rescue – a charity that operates life-saving hovercraft and boats – and a display of rescue vehicles on the beach.
Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Dom Gregory RNR said: “It’s been great to get back into the heart of the town and show off some of the amazing things that sea cadets can do.”
Hull Unit enjoyed a four-day camping and sailing trip to Welton Water. The trip was supported by North Atlantic Fishing Company, which sponsors the expedition. Next to a scenic stretch of the Humber River, cadets took part in a range of activities including sailing, wind surfing, paddle boarding and rowing.
Cadet Jessica, aged 14, said: “This trip is fantastic because my favourite activity is sailing and
we get the chance to do it for four days!”
Harrow and Wembley Sea Cadets won in the Inspiring Young People category at the Harrow’s Heroes 2022 awards, which celebrate local residents who make a real, positive difference to their community. The unit, which was among 100 other nominees, was put forward by the local community for “offering life-changing skills and opportunities to young people”. The ceremony was attended by more than 150 guests, including the local mayor.
Winchester Sea Cadets recently celebrated 80 years since it was founded, in May 1942, by officially opening its new HQ. Celebrations included a piping party to greet the VIPs, followed by an inspection of the Guard, colours, and stations with cadets demonstrating skills they have learned. Cadet Ben said: “It was an incredibly proud day to take part in an event like this. The new unit is amazing. I was also presented my Cadet Forces commissioning scroll by the Lord Lieutenant, which was a great honour.”
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