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Among the craft in Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough who have made it their home since it opened thirty years ago, are the rowing boats belonging to the Bangor Sea Cadet Unit, T S Decoy. Their shore base is an ex-Scout hall in Ward Park in the town. The unit’s sailing dinghies are kept at the Outdoor Centre at Killyleagh and the paddleboards at their HQ. Officer in Charge is Philip Atwell.

The Bangor unit has a great record in local and national competition. It prides itself on winning last year, the Sea Cadet burgee with Shamrock as best overall unit in Northern Ireland, and the Amaryllis Trophy for the best sporting unit in the region.

Bangor Sea Cadets Junior girls rowing team winning at District RegattaBangor Sea Cadets Junior girls rowing team winning at the District Regatta

Skilled rowing is high on the trophy list with the under 15 girls’ team winning bronze in London at the national finals. And the unit’s football teams excel also, the under- 15 girls having competed in 5 a-side football, winning Gold in the district competition and bronze in the national competition.

Three of the District team boys took silver. And the junior section cadets (10 - 12-year olds) won bronze in the same competition. A force to be reckoned with.

The 58 strong group, about half of which are girls, is one of several in the region with a total of 380 cadets. The others are Carrickfergus, Larne, Portrush, Belfast (where there are two), Lisburn, Newtownards, Kilkeel, Ballymena, Cookstown and a planned one in Enniskillen.

Bangor Sea Cadets Girls at national football competitionBangor Sea Cadets Girls at a national football competition

The Sea Cadets are a national charity with 400 units across the UK. T S Decoy welcomes “young people to a different kind of adventure. We're helping to launch local young people for life today, transforming them into confident, resilient young people who thrive in a complex world.

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#battleoftheatlantic – Sea Cadets from across Northern Ireland have been playing a role in the commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of The Atlantic

The Cadets were on duty at the formal unveiling recently at Ebrington Square in Londonderry of a replica of the famous Mariner sculpture statue in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada of a sailor carrying his hammock on his right shoulder and kit bag in his left hand. There is no naval insignia, as the statue is intended to reflect the contribution of the seamen from the many Allied nations which protected the shipping convoys during the war. Originally created by the distinguished Canadian sculptor, Peter Bustin, the replica statue was cast at the Tanat Foundry, Oswestry. The inlaid inscription on the granite base of the statue reads, 'In memory of those from all nations who lost their lives in The Battle of Atlantic. And, in lasting tribute to the part played by the citizens of this city in the longest battle of the second World War 1939 – 1944.'

At the height of the raging sea conflict, Londonderry was host to up to 20,000 Royal Navy personnel, 10,000 Canadian and Newfoundlanders, more than 6,000 US personnel as well as many from the German occupied nations.

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