The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside played host to a special coffee morning to help celebrate a milestone year for the South Shields unit of the sea cadets.
The reception with Coun Olive Punchion and Mrs Mary French was held at South Shields Town Hall as part of TS Collingwood Sea Cadets’ 80th anniversary celebrations.
It also helped to raise £110 for the Wapping Street-based unit.
The Mayor said: “The sea cadets are excellent role models for our young people.
“They do such an amazing job in providing them with fun and friendship and the chance to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences.
“This year also marks a special year for the group, which are celebrating 80 years of serving the community.
“The Mayoress and I were delighted to help mark the special occasion.”
TS Collingwood is part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity Sea Cadets which works with 14,000 young people between 10 and 18.
Officer in Charge of TS Collingwood Sea Cadets, Jim Simpson, said: “We are very proud to be one of the longest running Sea Cadet Units in the British Isles.
“We have recently become a Royal Yachting Association Teaching Centre and a British Rowing training centre.
“We offer the youth of South Tyneside who join us a range of dinghy sailing, power boating, rowing, kayaking and wind surfing qualifications.
“Along with an extremely varied land based training programme during the winter months.”
South Shields Sea Cadets parade at their headquarters in Wapping Street on Monday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm.