Sea Cadets win top award for the fifth year

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BURY St Edmunds’ Sea Cadet unit has won the Navy’s highest accolade for the fifth year running.

Sea Cadet units have an annual inspection by a Royal Navy officer and those who come out with a top score get a pennant from the Admiralty called a burgee.

So the cadets of Training Ship Edmund (Mayor’s Own) gathered at its Beetons Way base on Tuesday to learn of their success from St Edmundsbury Mayor Christopher Spicer.

TS Edmund’s commanding officer, Sub Lt Daniel Davis RNR, said: “The burgee is the highest accolade you can get each year. It’s the equivalent of Ofsted for a school, but is done by the Royal Navy.”

A naval officer scores everything from their health and safety awareness to the state of the unit’s 18 boats.

Ten to 18 year olds interested in joining the Sea Cadets should call 01284 750352.