The Bridlington division of the Sea Cadets recently held its first bring a friend Friday, where each cadet was asked to bring along a school friend to experience what sort of activities the cadets got up to.
Eight possible new recruits joined the established ship’s crew and saw displays on boating, uniform, seamanship and watched a short video about life in the sea cadets.
At the end of the evening they witnessed the celebration of outstanding achievement and standards of discipline in the form of an award ceremony to reward the young cadets who had shown outstanding standards of discipline and achievement during 2017.
The awards recognised outstanding achievement in teams and individuals and included cadet of the month for April was awarded to junior cadet Daisy Goodwin, division of the year, awarded to the Junior division (cadets aged 10-12 years old) and the big award of the night was the trophy for Cadet of the Year was awarded to Ordinary Cadet Emily Miller who was presented with The Stephen Phelps Memorial Shield.
Emily aged 16 has been with the Sea Cadets since the division formed in 2015 was given cadet of the year for her many achievements, in sailing, drill, seamanship and piping with the bosuns call.
This award was presented by retired Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club commodore, Steve Stanton who in his award speech had a surprise for OC Miller when he also said that he and his wife would like to donate the cost of a sailing course on the sea cadets flagship, TS Royalist, a cost of some £300.
Steve said: “It’s a pleasure to be invited along to present this award and I’m delighted to offer the opportunity for Cadet Miller to sail aboard the Royalist, it a magnificent ship and Emily will I’m sure remember it for the rest of her life.”
The cadets reciprocated the awards presented by Steve by presenting him with one of his own for his amazing support of the Bridlington Sea Cadets by giving them a place to meet on Tuesday nights and for somewhere to store their growing fleet of boats at Blyth Park.
Emily said: “This is amazing, I won cadet of the month a few times and it inspired me to go further. I’ve learned so much since joining the sea cadets, I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new. I couldn’t believe it when the Commodore said I had a chance to sail and crew aboard the Royalist, it’s something only a few get to experience, I feel so lucky.”
Emily said she is hoping for a career in the Navy.
The Sea Cadets meet at the Drill Hall, Swindon Street, on Friday nights and at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club House. Call Lt Mikki Jackson on 07521 141930 for more details.