Cadets thrilled by good wishes from celebrities

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Seafarers in Barnsley were ship shape as celebrities wished them a happy birthday.

Barnsley Sea Cadets have just celebrated the national organisation’s 156th birthday ahead of their groups 70th anniversary later this year.

Pop group The Saturdays, Olympic rower James Cracknell and Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton were just some of the famous names who have voiced their support for Sea Cadets with birthday messages.

Helen, who has kayaked more than 2,000 miles along the Amazon river and trekked 500 miles to the South Pole for Sport Relief, told the cadets:”I love a challenge from time to time but you guys face them daily with pride, passion and perseverance. What a great organisation. Big birthday wishes to you all.”

Caroline Devonport, commanding officer, said: “We’ve been inspiring young people through nautical adventure for 156 years and are thrilled so many stars have wished us Happy Birthday.”

The sea cadets are the UK’s biggest maritime youth charity, with 14,000 sea cadets in 400 towns. Cadets learn vital skills such as leadership and team work.