Sea cadet building visited by royalty

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets with the Duke of York.

Whitley Bay Sea Cadets with the Duke of York.

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A new £650,000 purpose built sea cadet centre has been given the royal seal of approval.

The Admiral of the Sea Cadets, The Duke of York opened the Sea Cadet boating and residential centre at Derwenthaugh Boat Station, where Whitley Bay Sea Cadets were among many of the region’s Sea Cadets showing off their skills in a variety of seamanship, First Aid, horn pipe and cook steward displays.

Accommodating up to 20 Sea Cadets and ten volunteer instructors at any one time, the centre has already seen over 800 young people secure valuable boating qualifications since its completion in October 2013.

The new accommodation block ensures Sea Cadets from across the country can undertake boating courses without the expense of daily travel, adding to the adventure of away from home training.