Boat station reopened after two years’ work

The Lizard Boat Station, reopened after major improvement works PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN dm1503586a

The Lizard Boat Station, reopened after major improvement works PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN dm1503586a

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The Lizard Boat Station in Shoreham Harbour had been closed for two years while the Hove and Adur Sea Cadet Unit carried out its major improvement project.

Hove and Adur Sea Cadets at the ceremony DM1503597a

Hove and Adur Sea Cadets at the ceremony DM1503597a

Joining the unit, known as TS King Alfred, for the reopening last Saturday were Adur District Council chairman Carson Albury and Brighton and Hove mayor Lynda Hyde.

The official ceremony was performed by Mr Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex.

Ian Wright, unit chairman, said: “We are very proud of our new boating station and look forward to it providing excellent training facilities for many years to come for Sea Cadets and a wide range of other users.”

After a service of dedication conducted by the unit’s chaplain, the Rev Simon Horton, the Sea Cadet ensign was hoisted over the boat station.

From left, Lt Stephen Wilks, president Peter Martin, Lord Lieutenant Peter Field and chairman Ian Wright dm1503615a

From left, Lt Stephen Wilks, president Peter Martin, Lord Lieutenant Peter Field and chairman Ian Wright dm1503615a

Following a buffet lunch, cadets from the Unit demonstrated the use of the new Versadock facility, which means the unit can offer activities such as sailing, power boating, kayaking and rowing. Specialist training in seamanship, catering and marine engineering are also available and the unit opened a Royal Marine Detachment last year

The boat house building works cost well over £100,000, funded by grants and donations, and most of the labour was carried out by volunteers, led by unit president Peter Martin.

The unit was formed in 1942 as part of Warship Week and named TS King Alfred in memory of the thousands of Royal Navy officers who were trained in Hove during the Second World War.

It is based at the Drill Hall in Marmion Road, Hove, which it shares with the Army Cadet Force. The nearby boating station was first opened in March, 2006, on the site of the HMS Lizard wartime boat base, near Maxwell Wharf.

The unit's chaplain, the Rev Simon Horton dm1503626a

The unit's chaplain, the Rev Simon Horton dm1503626a

Mr Wright said: “The Lizard has been used for many Sea Cadet boating and sailing events and, thanks in part to it, we are now recognised as one of the leading boatwork units in southern area.

“Since our formation, thousands of boys and girls have gained from the experience of being cadets in our unit and some now have their own children in the unit.”