SEA Cadets from Burton were given the chance to meet royalty as they attended the opening of a new naval base.
Around 30 Sea Cadets and 12 Royal Navy Cadets from T.S. Modwena travelled to Nottingham for the rededication of the new Royal Navy Reservists’ base, Foresters House, which was opened by Prince Michael of Kent in his role as Rear Admiral and Commodore-in-Chief of the Maritime Reserves.
Also in attendance was Rear Admiral Chris Hockley, flag officer of the reserves and Commodore Andrew Jameson, commander of the Maritime Reserves. The chaplain of the fleet, the Venerable Scott Brown led the service of rededication.
The project, which cost £1 million to complete, will be the new base for reservists in the Midlands. The Burton group were joined by other local sea cadets as well as marching platoons from the Royal Navy Reserves and Royal Marines Reserves for the two-hour dedication parade.
It is hoped that the new base will see a growth in each respective unit, with HMS Sherwood hopeful of taking on nearly 70 new recruits from the East Midlands over the next three years.
T.S. Modwena Petty Officer Heather Pendleton first joined Burton Sea Cadets Corps in 2002 before leaving in 2005. However three years ago her passion for the organisation saw her return to take up a role as an instructor.
She told the Mail: “It was a great day and it was great to see Prince Michael and get involved in talking to other cadets about their roles as well.
“Being a cadet is something to be proud of and something I enjoyed doing, and that our current cadets also enjoy. I think that it brings out confidence, discipline and respect in people. On top of that, it gives you pride and also young people have something to look forward to.
“There’s more to being a cadet than what people might think. We go out boating, sailing and canoeing. On top of that, some of our members are also getting involved in doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards with us as well. There’s lots of different aspects to being a cadet.”