Burnham and Highbridge’s Mayor has praised the town’s Sea Cadets unit as it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a nostalgic open day on Sunday (October 10th).

Scores of people headed to the unit in Cassis Close to mark the major milestone where history displays, stalls, and activities were set up.

Burnham and Highbridge’s Mayor, Cllr Mike Facey, said: “Huge congratulations go to Burnham and Highbridge Sea Cadets unit on this important anniversary. The amount of children that have gone through here over the decades is amazing and I full of admiration for the work goes on here.”

“The Sea Cadets do tremendous work in developing children’s skills and confidence around water.”

”I was impressed to hear about many of their activities during my visit and wish them well for the next 50 years. Long may it last.”

Established in 1971 and moving into our building in Cassis Close in 1974, the Sea Cadets in Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge have become an important part of the local community.

During the open day, former cadets and leaders from over the years gathered to look back at a successful half century.

Mike Knott, President, said: “Over the last 50 years Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets have made a tremendous impact. The lives of hundreds of young people have been shaped and  enriched with a sense of fun, adventure and duty with a maritime flavour, and the local community as a whole has benefited from the positive contribution made by the cadets over that half century.  I am extremely proud of all they have achieved, made possible only by the selfless contribution of many adult volunteers and helpers over the decades. Yesterday’s Anniversary celebration was a fitting tribute to that great achievement and I look forward many more good years ahead from TS Dulverton.”

Founding staff member and ex petty officer David Blain, above, said: “It’s great to be back and to see the unit continuing to do so well – I have met several Sea Cadets from my time during the day.” He remembered helping to unload a lorry with bricks to construct the unit’s building back in the 1970s.

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