A GROUP of South Tyneside sea cadets are looking shipshape after landing a prestigious national award.
T.S. Collingwood South Shields won this year’s Colditz award, presented by the Colditz Association to the unit that has done the most for its local community in 2012.
The association includes ex-prisoners of war who were imprisoned in Colditz Castle between 1940 and 1945.
The award was presented to the youngsters – aged between 10 and 17 years old – by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask, at the cadet’s base in Wapping Street, South Shields.
The unit won the award ahead of 400 others from across the country.
Coun Leask said: “This is an exciting time for the young sea cadets and a very well-deserved award, recognising everyone’s hard work and achievements.
“The young cadets and team leaders do a marvellous job in the borough helping residents, raising money for good causes and doing worthwhile voluntary work.”
Chief Petty Officer, Jim Simpson, who is in charge of the cadets, said: “It was a fitting gesture for the sea cadets to receive their award from the Mayor, as it represents official recognition of the programme they deliver to the community.
“We are proud to help serve the borough in any way that can benefit local people.”
The cadets attend more than 20 charity events and the unit’s band also attends events in the borough each year.