Harrogate Sea Cadet Meets Top Brass in Special Ceremony


Cadet Natalie Gaffney-Smith came face to face with the region’s sea cadet commander at a special ceremony in Harrogate.

Natalie, aged 14, is pictured presenting her squad to Commander Richard De La Mare, Area Officer of Eastern Area Sea Cadet Corps.

Cadets, volunteers and their families from Harrogate Sea Cadets were joined by civic dignitaries at their bi-annual ceremonial parade and inspection.

Natalie who attends Rossett School said: “I look forward to big occasions but am always so nervous. The Commander really put me at ease and asked me all about my time in the cadets. This was easy to answer as I love everything about being a sea cadet!”

The cadets were inspected in their formal uniform by the Commander before carrying out a selection of exercises which included displaying their boating skills, first aid knowledge as well as a sea cadet ‘bake off’ competition. The event concluded with the band playing some musical numbers. 

Michelle Blackburn, Harrogate Commanding Officer, who is pictured centre, said: “The parade is a great night for the cadets to be able to showcase what they have been doing over the last 12 months. Their enthusiasm, team work and the way they conduct themselves is outstanding. I’m so proud of them all.”

Whether at sea or on land Sea Cadets offers young people between 10 and 18 an environment where they can find confidence and inspiration, through nautical adventure. Across the UK 14,000 young people are challenging themselves and learning new skills based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy to give them the best possible head start in life.

Harrogate Sea Cadets parade on Mondays and Fridays, 6.45pm – 9.00pm, for further information please call 01400 266413 or email [email protected]

To learn more about the Sea Cadets click here 


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