West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was delighted to visit Skelmersdale Sea Cadets to congratulate them on their hard work and determination in turning the Unit’s fortunes around.
After inspecting the Cadets, MP Rosie awarded three of the Sea Cadets with the special Queens Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of their hard work in turning the club around.
Stephen Stephen, Colette Hoare and Peter Preston each received the special award from MP Rosie.
Speaking after the presentation West Lancs MP Rosie said:
“Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in breathing new life into the Skelmersdale Sea Cadets. Through their efforts they have made a real difference not only to the Unit but also in the lives of all the new recruits.
“Now we have a thriving Sea Cadets unit and children from across the area are enjoying the facilities available to them. The Sea Cadets is a fantastic environment for children to develop their skills and feel part of a community.
“It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to meet with the cadets and officers, to inspect the unit and to recognise their hard work and commitment to the Unit. I met some very interesting and special people on this visit.
“I wish Skelmersdale Sea Cadets Unit all the best for the future and continued success with even more recruits in the next 12 months.
Twelve months ago the Unit had been put on a six month closure notice and they only had six registered cadets. Sensing something needed to be done the small group rallied themselves and set out to improve the facilities and increase membership.
Since then their building has undergone major works and has refreshed from top to bottom. Cadet numbers have rocketed to over 35 and they regularly go away on courses and district camps, meeting other Units and developing their skills.
The Unit is now looking to increasing their waterborne activities to continue their rapid development.