Cadets are a happy crew

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The sea cadets have had a busy start to 2013.

Members of Northampton and Wellingborough Sea Cadets having been doing a range of fun things, from building a “snowcadet” to touring HMS Defender and shaking collecting tins at a football match.

Able Seaman Ciaran Dixon arranged for 14 cadets and three staff to tour every part of HMS Defender, ranging from exploring the radar room to the bridge.

Petty Officer Sam Green said: “The trip on HMS Defender was a fantastic experience to see what the new Royal Navy Ships are like. The cadets were able to visit all the areas of the ship and even enjoyed sitting in the captain’s chair.” The cadets have also helped the mayor of Northampton raise money for his two charities; one of which is the sea cadets. A mini-bus full of cadets and staff went to The Cobblers to collect money from the fans, and raised just over £300.

The unit has also had its annual review, which assesses the efficiency of the unit in terms of how well the cadets are being trained and what opportunities are opened up to them.

The group is still looking for volunteers to help set up a Royal Marines’ Cadet section in Rushden and is recruiting sea cadets and junior sea cadets.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the team should contact the unit.

Northampton and Wellingborough Sea Cadets is a registered charity which aims to help young people between the ages of 10 and 18 using a naval theme. Northampton Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets meet on Tuesday and Friday from 7pm to 9.15pm in Nunn Mills Road, Northampton. Rushden Diamond Division Sea Cadets meet Tuesday and Friday nights at the Cadet Forces Building, Victoria Road, Rushden.

For details go to www.northamptonseacadets.org or www.rushdenseacadets.org.uk