Caroline Flint put her safety in the capable hands of Sea Cadet cox Katie Rae Duffield this week, as she cast off with the Thorne Sea Cadets to experience their training and rescue manoeuvres on Thorne canal.
The MP attended one of the twice weekly meetings of the 47-strong cadet group, led by Petty Officer Dave Redmile, and heard about their plans for a new building.
Said Caroline: “I was really pleased to meet the cadets and get out on the water with the cadets. Katie Rae Duffield is one of the most experienced cadets, and competes in national competitions, so I knew I was in good hands.” From Spring to Autumn the Sea Cadets do a variety of activity twice weekly on the water learning seamanship, kayaking, and a range of outward bound skills.
The MP also met the Chair of Trustees and discussed the problems and costs of running their current building, the last part of a 200 year old work house.
Said Caroline: “The Cadets’ centre, part of a former workhouse, is in a brilliant waterfront location near to their boathouse on Thorne canal, but this old building has very high running costs.
“I was interested to hear their plans to develop the waterfront area to ensure the Cadets have a strong future.”
PHOTOS: Caroline on board, leading the boat, nearest camera, is coxswain Katie Rae Duffield.
By the bank: left to right Daniel Newton, Caroline, Petty Officer Dave Redmile and Wendy Lloyd.