A TOWN tourist attraction was a fitting venue for a new partnership which set sail this week.
Young sea cadets from across the Tees Valley gathered on HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool to mark the launch of a new partnership.
Youngsters aged up to 18 from the Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Guisborough branches of the Sea Cadets all got together at the historic vessel at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to mark the launch.
The Sea Cadets has teamed up with the Tyne Tees branch of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, and members of both groups are now hoping to attract the support of more businesses and companies throughout the region.
More than 200 youngsters aged from 10-18 are part of the Sea Cadets across Teesside.
Victor Sprong, chairman of the Tyne Tees branch of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, which only launched in 2008, said: “We want to support the youngsters who are part of the Sea Cadets.
“A lot of people don’t actually know what the organisation is all about so we want to raise awareness and hopefully attract more support.”
Various events involving members from both organisations are planned for the coming months.
“The Sea Cadets is all about trying to develop the self-confidence and teamwork of youngsters,” added Victor.
“It’s a fantastic organisation but it does rely upon the community.”
For more information about the Hartlepool branch of the Sea Cadets visit www.sea-cadets.org/hartlepool.
For more information about the Marine Society and Sea Cadets go to www.ms-sc.org.