The Eastbourne Sea Cadet unit has won the coveted Canada Trophy.
The unit, the UK’s largest maritime youth charity and funded solely by public donations, celebrated recently with a host of distinguished guests including Rear Admiral CJ Hockley, naval adviser Captain T Tulloch, Canadian Defence Liaison staff, the mayor and mayoress of Eastbourne, MP Stephen Lloyd, Colin Belsey, the new chairman of East Sussex County Council as well as the High Sheriff of Sussex and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sussex.
The Canada Trophy is awarded annually to a unit considered to have attained the very highest standard of all-round efficiency in the previous year.
Cadets from the winning unit are granted the honour of wearing a maple leaf on their uniform and presented with a medallion to celebrate their achievements.
The trophy was originally presented by the Navy League of Canada for competition in the Sea Cadet Corps and to commemorate the first post-World War II visit of Canadian Sea Cadets to Great Britain in 1947.
Paul Metcalfe from the unit said, “It is a huge achievement for any Sea Cadet Unit and we are delighted and very proud.”
Mr Metcalfe, the vice chair of Eastbourne Sea Cadet Corps, also appealed for volunteers to help running the unit.
He said, “Running the Sea Cadet unit takes a huge effort by dedicated volunteers especially uniformed staff.
“If anyone has some spare time and is willing to help they should please get in touch with Commanding Officer Stephanie Juniper on 07725 246470.
“A background in sailing is not necessary and full training will be given. Otherwise if anyone would like to help with fundraising or would like to make a donation they can contact Mike Jones on 07503 184834.”