Since the official affiliation with Huntingdon Sea Cadets at T.S. Cromwell, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch have played an active role in supporting Unit parades and activities. This year the RNA have been represented at two presentation evenings.
On Tuesday 9th February, shipmates Bill Small, Pete Aston and Hilary Meers-Webb were guests at the cadets’ Annual Inspection by the Eastern Area Officer, Cdr Charles Bagot-Jewitt RN. The cadets put on an excellent display of their First Aid and seamanship skills during the evening and, after their uniform inspection, were able to chat with the RNA and serving members of the Royal Navy.
This month, on the 1st March, shipmates Karl and Hilary Webb joined shipmate Victor Lucas, who is also the current High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, for a presentation evening at the cadet unit. Recently, Cadet First Class Simon Graham, was having a driving lesson when they came across a lorry that had overturned; as a First Aider, cadet Graham aided the lorry driver, who was trapped in his cab, and looked after the driver until an ambulance arrived. Cadet Graham did not want any local publicity, but after discussions with the CO of T.S. Cromwell, Huntingdon RNA, and Simon’s father, the High Sheriff decided to present him with a High Sheriff’s certificate during the cadet’s weekly parade.
By coincidence, Cadet Simon Graham is also the cadet chosen to spend a week onboard T.S. Royalist this year after being sponsored by Huntingdon Branch.
Huntingdon shipmates will be supporting T.S. Cromwell further this year; the next planned event is a joint charity stall with the Branch and Sea Cadets attending Armed Forces Day in June and a possible trip to the National Memorial Arboretum during the Summer.