Sea Cadets South Shields will be celebrating their 78th birthday in style on June 26.
Since 1937, the unit has given thousands of young people in the area a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun.
Sea Cadets South Shields will be celebrating their birthday by having a party with cadets, their parents and supporters.
Commanding Officer, William Pascoe, said: “We have had another fantastic year.
“We were awarded our sixth Burgee in a row and retained our District Sports Trophy, our fleet of boats has been increased with the delivery of two Pico sailing dinghies – a new Wheely Boat, which is equipped to take wheelchair users out on the river, and a new Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).”
With the addition of these craft, the unit is well-equipped to continue and increase training from its riverside headquarters.
The headquarters has seen extensive modernisation both inside and out, with the replacement of the roof and the refurbishment of shower and changing facilities.
The cadets have achieved more than 120 qualifications over the last year with successes in BTEC, NCS and a voyage on the flagship TS Royalist to name but a few.
Two cadets ventured further afield with exchange visits to Canada and Hong Kong and this summer another two cadets travel to Japan and Canada.
Cadets have been active within the community with the band being out and about at several local functions and cadets helping with the Normandy Veterans Laying up of their Standard as they disbanded their branch.
The national charity, Sea Cadets, which is celebrating its 159th birthday, has had another great year and commissioned a brand new tall ship to replace the former flag ship.
The new vessel will support 900 young people on a week-long voyage at sea every year.
It offers a unique environment where they can find inspiration and confidence as they work together as a team, hoisting sails as they navigate Britain’s coastal waters.
It is the pinnacle of the sea cadet experience and one which over 30,000 young people have enjoyed since 1971.
Across the UK, 14,000 cadets between 10 and 18, from 400 units, are challenging themselves and developing new skills like sailing, boating and rock climbing – supported by 9,000 volunteers.
For information and details about joining, visit www.sea-cadets.org/southshields