It was a real delight to attend the presentation evening held by the Sea Cadets in Newhaven last week.
The evening, which was attended by the Mayor of Newhaven, was a real celebration of the hard work of the young Sea Cadets but also the many staff volunteers who give up their time each and every week to support them.
There are nearly 400 Sea Cadet units across the UK and all are members of the Sea Cadet Corps.
The Newhaven and Seaford unit is based in Chapel Street and has a catchment area of Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes, Peacehaven and Telscombe which meant that on the night there were young people from right across the coast receiving awards for their hard work.
Talking to some of the staff I heard how the cadets regularly help out at civic occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and also get involved in poppy selling to raise funds for the British Legion.
During the evening awards were given for various skills and achievements which ranged from cooking awards to best drill and best cadet and the cadets receiving these awards ranged in age from the junior cadets, who start at ten, to the seniors who continue until they are 18.
It was really great to see so many local youngsters getting involved and the future of the area looks bright with such hard working young people representing their towns.
Well done to Seaford and Newhaven Sea Cadets not just for the presentation evening but for all their hard work throughout the year.