A NEW boat has been launched by the Harrogate Sea Cadets.
Called Cygnet, the new boat was launched last Friday and a number of dignitaries turned out to the naming ceremony at Farnham Lake.
Among them was Harrogate and Knaresborough’s MP Andrew Jones, the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Les Ellington, cadets, friends, staff and supporters.
“The new boat will be well used by the unit and provide a great source of fun for the cadets,” said Mr Jones.
“It was a pleasure to see so many people from the local community at the naming ceremony, celebrating the launch of Cygnet and learning more about the work and activities of the cadets.”
The Trinity 500 Pulling boat was funded by one of the unit’s long-time supporters, The Worshipful Company of Dyers.
The boat was blessed by the unit chaplain and then officially named Cygnet by Mr David Blackburn, a senior member of the Company of Dyers.
The naming ceremony was followed by a buffet lunch and an opportunity to look around the unit’s new jetties which have been completely refurbished by engineers of 9 Army Air Corps in their spare time.
As a sign of their appreciation, the unit presented pictures to Mr Blackburn of The Dyers and CPO Heaysman of 9 Army Air Corps.
Sea Cadets’ chairman Cdr Paul Wearmouth RN said: “It was a splendid day for all concerned and demonstrated the excellent work that the adult volunteers of the unit do with the youngsters of the district.”