Parents, family and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of the young people of Luton Sea Cadet unit, TS Keyes.
The Sea Cadet Corps aims to inspire young people through nautical adventure and challenge, to give them a headstart in life.
The Luton unit, based next to the lake on the Luton Hoo estate since the late 1940s, is one of the largest in the district with a Marine Cadet detachment and a Junior section as well as the Sea Cadets.
As Unit Commanding Officer, CPO (SCC) M. Brogan, explained: “By learning new skills and working in teams, we offer an environment where young people find increased confidence and inspiration. Whether they join us as a Junior at ten years of age or as a Cadet at 12, every child can development leadership skills through teamwork and problem solving.”
The awards are based on the achievements of individual cadets from all three sections of the unit and reflect the high standards they have reached in gaining numerous qualifications throughout 2014. The staff assess each cadet on their merits to evaluate the awards given in a variety of disciplines from boating to signalling as well as those for Cadet, Marine and Junior of the year (Able Cadet Megan Esser, Cadet Sergeant Jamie Salmon and Leading Junior Peter Graham respectively).
Amongst the other award winners on the night was Petty Officer Zoe Newell, who was presented with the Commanding Officer’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognising her commitment to the unit over the last seven years as a cadet and moving on, now that she’s 18, to inspiring other youngsters as a member of staff. Zoe said: “Being a Sea Cadet gave me the opportunity to try so many new activities, like sailing, orienteering and rock climbing which really built my confidence. I’m looking forward to helping the younger cadets with these challenges and I really hope I can encourage them to get as much out of the corps as I have over the years”
The awards themselves were presented by the evening’s VIPs – John Maddox, Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, and his wife Mary, together with Andreea and Richard of City Plumbing who have supported Luton Unit through their donations of equipment, time and expertise to help improve the facilities for the cadets.
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