Cadets re­union to bid farewell to old home

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

TO cel­e­brate 75 years of ser­vice Porth­cawl Sea Cadets are hold­ing a re­union for past and present cadets, staff and sup­port­ers.

The event on Satur­day will also give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to say good­bye to the unit’s long- stand­ing home – TS St David – as the cadets pre­pare to move into a tran­si­tional build­ing on Cosy Cor­ner, prior to set­tling into their per­ma­nent home in Porth­cawl Mar­itime Cen­tre.

Porth­cawl Sea Cadets was formed 75 years ago when the corps met at TS Seaflower – a wooden hut be­side the har­bour.

Mem­ber­ship of more than 100 was com­mon and Sea Cadets played an im­por­tant part in chil­dren’s lives.

Un­for­tu­nately a gale de­mol­ished the TS Sea- flower unit. The corps then re­lo­cated to a “tem­po­rary” con­crete sec­tion build­ing on the Eastern Break­wa­ter, which had been built dur­ing the Sec­ond World War for use as a triag­ing point for air­men res­cued from sea.

Vol­un­teers ral­lied to the cause and a store ex­ten­sion was added, and the unit re­named TS St David, which has been used for the last 60 years.

Chair­man Mike Clarke said: “De­spite meet­ing in what was to be a tem­po­rary build­ing for many years, the unit is thriv­ing with healthy mem­ber­ship and no­table suc­cesses in train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion.

“We hope to see cadets old and new at the re­union to share mem­o­ries and look to the future of the unit to­gether.”

The unit build­ing will open be­tween 3pm to 5pm for vis­i­tors to tour the build­ing one last time, cul­mi­nat­ing in a buf­fet re­union at Hi Tide Inn from 6pm.

To at­tend please RSVP to rachde@hot­mail.co.uk or mike. clarke220@gmail.com or 07957 456651.

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