Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

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Unit History

TS TREMADOC BAY has been in existance since 1943, and has had a very potted history. Formed as Middleton Unit during World War 2 it has paraded in many premises over the years and even changed its name in the 1960s when the unit moved from Middleton to Chadderton. A second major move to Failsworth in the 1970s saw a change in premisis but the Midd&Chad name was retained to keep our links with our previous home towns.

Initially only open to boys, a Girls Contingent was added in the 1980s and fully integrated in 1992. A Junior Section was started in 1997, followed by a Marine Detachment in 2000.

In 1996 the Unit was awarded a £184k National Lottery grant to build a new purpose built building. The UMC on behalf of the Ships Company at the time took out a small business loan to purchase the land. This loan has now been fully paid and the Unit has a secure headquarters on our Oldham Road site.

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