Warsash Sea Cadets put on display to raise cash for new boat

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RAISING the flag and falling into their colours, scores of Sea Cadets proudly showed off what they do best at a day of nautical fundraising.

The group from Warsash Sea Cadets, based at Warsash Maritime Academy, spent the day at Locks Heath Shopping Village on Saturday to raise cash.

Shoppers were treated to hornpipe displays, a variety of traditional naval choreographed movement and a ceremonial ‘colours’ routine.

Not only that but a group of sea cadets – aged between 11 and 17 – pulled a Trinity 500 boat for four miles from their base to the event in order to raise funds on the way there and back again.

Louise Travell, from the Parents & Supporters Association, said: ‘The aim is to raise money for a new Rigiflex safety boat which is needed to get more cadets out on to the water.’

Her 13-year-old son, Callum, was helping out on a stall selling goods.

He said: ‘Sea Cadets is good because of all the different experiences I can do and the friends I have made.’

Lieutenant Tony Thurgood, commanding officer, said they hoped the event would raise the group’s profile.

He said: ‘Warsash Sea Cadets, like all other sea cadets, is its own independent charity so we need to raise money for training opportunities for them.’

The cadets hope to raise £6,000. To donate go to mydonate.bt.com/events/warsashsccboatpull