Sea Cadets celebrate two big milestones

THE Sea Cadets of Ilfracombe held a double celebration on Saturday, with a permanent home of their own and a new boat. The Ropery Road building housing TS Capstone is now officially theirs after being left to them in the will of long-standing and staunch

THE Sea Cadets of Ilfracombe held a double celebration on Saturday, with a permanent home of their own and a new boat.The Ropery Road building housing TS Capstone is now officially theirs after being left to them in the will of long-standing and staunch supporter Joy Hayward.An open day, craft fayre and exhibition of Dr Who memorabilia - including a life-sized Dalek - ran throughout the day, before the official unveiling of a plaque to commemorate Mrs Hayward's generous legacy.Guests for the day included former Dr Who and Onedin Line actor Paul Laver, plus the Mayor, Councillor Geoff Fowler, his fellow councillors and representatives from the town's Rotary, Lions and Round table clubs. New Ilfracombe Sea Cadets Unit chairman Greg Schofield said Mrs Hayward had let the organisation use the former Boys Institute building at a nominal rent for many years, before leaving it to them."She used to attend every event and inspection and was always happy to be here and a very keen supporter," he said.The plaque was unveiled by Joy's son-in-law Peter Higgins and grandson Ross Higgins, himself a former Royal Marine."She would be absolutely delighted with the use of the building today," said Peter."When she was 90 she insisted she visit a solicitor to ensure it was left to the cadets in her will. I am pleased her dreams and her spirit will live on through this."Following the ceremony everyone trooped down to the harbour for the official launch and naming of a new five-metre RiB boat. The naming was carried out by Paul Laver and the boat named Joy in recognition of such a staunch patron.Any young people or adults who would like to find out more about becoming involved with Ilfracombe Sea Cadets can call (01271) 862890 or email shironselman@aol.com.n CADETS Rose Argyle and Joe Rudd with the life-sized Dalek made specially for the Dr Who exhibition by Rose's dad, Andy Argyle.


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