It was a night of celebration for a South Tyneside cadet unit when it was presented with a prestigious award – for the second year running.
Sea cadets from Hebburn and Sunderland, who train at TS Kelly in Hebburn, are now the proud owners of the most sought-after annual sea cadet award, the Burgee.
The unit beat off competition from across the country to be awarded the accolade, which aims to reflect high levels of training, community participation, events, uniform and staff and cadet attendance.
The flag was presented to the cadets by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield OBE as they were watched by their proud parents.
Mrs Winfield said: “I’d like to say congratulations to everybody who played a part and I am delighted to be able to present the cadets with this honour.
“I am clear this has been a team effort and has involved everyone, from the staff, management committee, commanding officer – everyone plays their part and also the parents and supporters.
Congratulations to everybody who played a part and I am delighted to be able to present the cadets with this honour.Mrs Susan Winfield OBE
“It’s very important we acknowledge that everyone has played the part and has worked as a team.”
The event was also attended by the President of the Sea Cadets the Hon Nigel Westwood DL, the officer in charge chief petty officer Derek Brown and the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.
The Hebburn Unit was formed in 1934 and has won many other Burgees and Pennants over the years. In 2009, the Hebburn and Sunderland sea cadets merged with both training out of TS Kelly – named after HMS Kelly, a destroyer built by Hawthorn Leslie and Co Ltd at the Hebburn yard.
The sea cadets, based at TS Kelly at Mountbatten Memorial Building, Prince Consort Industrial Estate, offers those aged between 10 and 18 years old opportunities in boat handling, navigation, first aid, marine engineering, camping and hiking, Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, communications, seamanship, drill, bugle and drum band, leadership and other skills.
As a junior cadet there is the chance to go sailing, canoeing and abseiling while older cadets will have the chance of rock climbing, shooting to music, power boating and sailing.
For more information about the cadets based at TS Kelly, visit www.sea-cadets.org/hebburnsunderland/home.aspx