Mayor adopts Sea Cadet unit as it launches £2 million campaign

A SEA Cadet unit became the first youth group in 100 years to be adopted by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury – as a multi-million pound fund-raising campaign for new headquarters was officially launched.

The Training Ship St Edmund became the Mayor’s Own at a ceremony at Western House, in Bury, on Friday night. It will mean cadets can be used for civic events.

Plans for a £2 million purpose-built centre for the sea cadets, including classrooms, office space, dormitories and boat workshop were unveiled as well as the unit’s new crest.

John French, vice-chairman of TS St Edmund, said the headquarters would act as a community resource.

He said: “Once this building is constructed it needs to stand as a beacon of the quality of life in Bury.”

They are exploring a range of funding opportunities and will hold fund-raising activities such as summer fetes and treasure hunts this summer.

Guest of honour David Barclay, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Lord Tollemache, said: “It will be wonderful for the county, Bury and the sea cadets.”