RYDE Sea Cadets have opened their new boating station at Island Harbour.

An open day was held earlier this month, where the ribbon was cut by Commander Tony Stickland — a trustee of the Connaught Trust, which has supported the cadets by providing funding for equipment.

The new station was blessed by Fr Jonathan Redvers Harris, the Ryde unit's chaplain.

Following the official opening, there were presentations recognising the cadet's achievements — including to Jack Thorne, who had completed his paddle instructor qualification, enabling him to train other cadets.

Members of St John Ambulance attended and guests were taken out on motorboats to watch the cadets' seamanship skills, including sailing and kayaking.

Once ashore, the newly formed Sea Cadet Band performed as guests enjoyed a buffet provided by the Island Harbour Yacht Club.

Margaret Elcome, Ryde Sea Cadets chair, said: "The new boating station compliments the Cowes unit, enabling us to have joint training sessions and provide more opportunities for the cadets.

"I would like to thank our dedicated staff, and the Island Harbour for providing us with this facility.

"Without them, none of this would be possible."

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