Sea Cadet clo­sure a sad loss for town

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

WHAT a sad day for Che­sham as the Sea Cadets close their doors this week af­ter 72 years.

What peo­ple do not re­alise is that the sea cadets are not fi­nanced by the Min­istry of De­fence but are self sup­port­ing, thus hav­ing a big strain on staff and com­mit­tees.

The Chiltern unit’s HQ was given by Bucks County Coun­cil in the late 1960s at a pep­per­corn rent.

The unit has pro­duced many good peo­ple in its 70 years. But alas no more pep­per­corn rent.

Ex-cadets have gone on to serve in ev­ery cam­paign from the Sec­ond World War to Afghanistan.

Is this another im­por­tant fa­cil­ity lost to youth in Che­sham?

TIM SMITH MBE Re­tired Sea Cadet of­fi­cer

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