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March 30th 2017

Recognition for Sea Cadets volunteer’s 25 years of service

Lt Clare Read is pictured receiving the  President's Cup from Commander Charlie Bagot Jewitt

Lt Clare Read is pictured receiving the President's Cup from Commander Charlie Bagot-Jewitt

An adult volunteer has been recognised for her 25 years of service helping young people in Northampton.

Lieutenant (Lt) Clare Read of Northampton Sea Cadets was recently presented with the President’s Cup for her outstanding contribution to the unit by the Eastern Area Officer, Commander Charlie Bagot-Jewitt.

Clare, aged 43, who in her day job is the Director of English at Milton Keynes Academy, joined the corps as a cadet in 1987 and became an adult volunteer upon turning 18 in 1993.

She was the Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets between 2012 and 2016 and has now taken up the new role as the District Training Officer for Northamptonshire helping to provide training for the 280 Sea Cadets across the county.

Clare lives in Blisworth with her husband Lt Chris Read, a fellow adult volunteer and current Commanding Officer of Northampton Sea Cadets.

The presentation took place during a bi-annual efficiency inspection of the unit that was also attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Peter Ellwood and former Royal Navy Second Sea Lord, Admiral Sir John Brigstocke.

The inspection was a resounding success with 85 cadets demonstrating their ceremonial expertise and putting on a demonstration of training activities the cadets have undertaken in the past year.

In recognition of Northampton Sea Cadets’ outstanding efficiency, Petty Officer Cadet Alex Hearn collected the Eastern Area Sea Cadets’ Barling Cup on behalf of the unit.

Adult volunteer Lt Chris Read, said: “The strength of the Sea Cadets is in the variety of activities and opportunities we offer the young people.

“Having a strong group of Sea Cadets including a Royal Marines Cadet detachment and a Junior Sea Cadet section here at Northampton additionally enables us to proudly offer a large range of adventurous youth training activities to young people of all abilities from 10 to 18 years.

“However, none of this would be possible without the hard work behind the scenes from the volunteers like Clare that guide, support and provide the resources for our young people to succeed.”

Northampton Sea Cadets are currently recruiting for cadets and adult volunteers. They meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 9.15pm at their headquarters in Nunn Mills Road, Northampton, NN1 5PA.

Further information can be found at www.northamptonseacadets.org.uk or by calling 01604 289 005.

“Having a strong group of Sea Cadets including a Royal Marines Cadet detachment and a Junior Sea Cadet section here at Northampton additionally enables us to proudly offer a large range of adventurous youth training activities to young people of all abilities from 10 to 18 years."