A TORY candidate has praised the Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets after a visit to their premises.
Stuart Penketh, the borough’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, said of the organisation: “Our cadet forces are an essential part of the community.
“The Sea Cadets manage to not only instil discipline and deliver additional education but give opportunities to the young people who participate, which they would not otherwise have.”
A former cadet himself, Mr Penketh was shown around the John Street base, known as TS Forward, by commanding officer Lt Commander Toni Cioma and met staff and cadets.
He was also shown plans for the cadets’ proposed new headquarters nearby, saying: “I fully support the cadets and hope their move is a successful one, allowing staff to deliver more exciting opportunities to even more cadets.”
At the end of the evening, Mr Penketh presented two cadets with new insignia. They were Ben Walters, for passing his First Aid exam, and Amy Barrett, who was promoted to Able Cadet.
He said afterwards: “When I was a cadet, many of my fellow cadets said the discipline it gave them stopped them heading down the wrong paths some of their friends were heading toward.”