YOUNG sea cadets will have the use of two new specialist boats thanks to kind-hearted donations.
Crowds gathered at Wingfield Castle, at Hartlepool Marina, as Teesside District Sea Cadets launched a Trinity 500 boat and a new Rigiflex boat.
The Trinity 500 boat was donated by the Nautical Institute in conjunction with the Marine Society and the Sea Cadets, while the Rigiflex boat will now be used by the young cadets after it was generously donated by Hartlepool Youth and the Sir James Knott Trust.
Sir Paul Nicholson, the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, made the trip to Hartlepool to commission the boats into the sea.
Liz Chambers, northern area deputy chair of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, said: “We would like to say a big thank you for the donations.
“For the youngsters this will give them the chance to do a lot more boating.
“The more boating hours they enjoy the more experienced they become.”
The boats will be used by youngsters aged between 10 and 18 throughout Teesside.