Sea Cadets get exclusive access to Teardrop Lake
More Peterborough youngsters will have the chance to get afloat, with the opening of a new waters sports base for Sea Cadets and young rowers at Teardrop Lake in the Hamptons.
Peterborough Sea Cadets Commanding Officer, Sub Lieutenant (SCC) Tass Pitsikas, RNR, said the new facility is a 'dream' come to fruition, and will allow more young people to take part in a wider range of water sports.
Teardrop Lake, in the north-east corner of the Hamptons, will eventually be the focus of the planned Hampton Beach waterfront village development.
The Sea Cadets and the newly formed Hereward Rowing Club have been granted exclusive use of the lake by O&H Hampton, who have provided facilities including an access road and slipway.
It will be used by Cadets, the Rowing Club which caters for junior rowers and local schools who work with the Rowing Club.
The new centre was formally opened on Sunday 9 November with an event attended by Peterborough Mayor David Sanders and Rio 2016 Paralympics Rowing Gold Medallist James Fox, whose father Steve is a Hereward Rowing Club coach.
Star of the occasion was Colin Marshall who joined the Peterborough Sea Cadets in their founding year, 1942, and is still an active volunteer at the age of 89.
The new facility has been named the Colin Marshall Sailing Centre in his honour.
SLt Pitsikas, a Sea Cadet volunteer instructor who is a former Greek Navy mine clearance diver, said: "Since I joined Peterborough Sea Cadets nine years ago it's been an aspiration to make the unit a centre of excellence in water sports training.
"Previously we were restricted to training on the river and could only do rowing and kayaking, now we can expand to sailing and windsurfing and increase the number of cadets we have on the water at any time.
"I want to thank O&H Hampton, and particularly Roger Tallowin who has been a fantastic sponsor and ambassador for us, for helping us to bring our dreams and aspirations to fruition."
For O&H Hampton, Roger said the agreement is a 'win-win' situation: "We are delighted that Teardrop Lake can be enjoyed by people who know how to use the facilities safely and responsibly, and get the best out of them."
Peterborough is home to one of the oldest Sea Cadet units in the country. It currently caters for 90 local girls and boys aged 10-18 who take part in a range of nautical and adventure activities with volunteer instructors.