Youngsters who fancy joining the sea or marines cadets have the chance to find out more.
Based at Appleton Drive, Whitby Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets meet for parade nights twice a week.
They also go away regularly on day trips and week camps to take part in a variety of activities on land and on water discovering new skills and interests and developing their confidence and team skills through adventure and hands on experiences, all whilst upholding the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy.
In the last year the cadets have been awarded nationally recognised water sports and St John First Aid qualifications, represented the north west at national competitions, attended summer camp on HMS Bristol, a training ship moored in Portsmouth which provides the closest thing to a sea-going experience without leaving port, attended local community events and much more.
The group is now looking to expand and all young people aged 10 to 18 are invited to an open evening at Appleton Drive on Monday March 14 at 7.30pm to find out for themselves what ‘incredible opportunities’ are available. Adults age 18+ interested in volunteering with the unit are also welcome to visit.
Commanding Officer Petty Officer Aaron Ainslie said: “I am proud to be the commanding officer of Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets.
“I joined as a cadet many years ago and have gained so much as a cadet and a volunteer. Young people can take part in all kinds of competitions from power boating and sailing to football, music and drill and can learn nautical skills as they complete their training.
“Not only will it be fun but the new skills will definitely give them a head start in life and boost their confidence”.