Sea cadets celebrate very special birthday

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St Helens Sea Cadets will be celebrating its birthday this week, with events planned for the weekend for everyone to enjoy.

Founded in 1942, the unit will be celebrating its 73rd birthday on Thursday June 25, and will be hosting a free armed forces event on Saturday 27 June.

The family fun event will see numerous organisations gather, as well as Art & Craft stalls, face painting, dance groups and singers all supporting and raising awareness for the Armed Forces Community.

St Helens Sea Cadets aim to help young people towards responsible adulthood by encouraging the development of personal attributes and high standards of conduct, using a nautical theme based on the customs of the Royal Navy.

Executive officer, Aaron Greenall, said: “Since January, we have hosted three unit weekends in which cadets have gained numerous accredited qualifications.

“Cadets have helped raise money for local and national, and have also donated a vast amount of coffee to our local St Helens foodbank. “

Nationally, the Sea Cadets charity will also be celebrating its 159th birthday on the same day and have commissioned a brand new tall ship to replace the former flag ship.

This new vessel will support 900 young people on a week long voyage at sea each year, which will offer 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.

Across the UK, 14,000 cadets aged 10-18 , from 400 units develop new skills like sailing, boating and rock climbing.

For more information on the armed forces event, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk. Details on how to become a cadet in St Helens can be found at www.sea-cadets.org/sthelens.