A NAUTICAL training corps celebrated a milestone birthday with a party for current and ex-members, attended by more than 200 people.
TS Intrepid Nautical Training Corps has, this year, been celebrating its 50th birthday, after it became the 14th division to be commissioned into the Nautical Training Corps on March 22, 1962, by corps founder and commodore at the time Frank Froëst-Carr.
Now, 50 years on, the unit, or “ship”, is still going strong and, along with the group’s multi-award winning band, can be regularly found supporting community events throughout Sussex.
On March 24, the group hosted a celebration and reunion for officers and cadets, past and present, as well as volunteers and invited guests, which totalled more than 200 people.
The activities took place at Lancing Parish Hall, in South Street and included chair of Lancing Parish Council Ann Bridges and Adur District Council chairman Brian Boggins.
Both were on hand to help present the numerous awards and prizes presented to cadets and officers for their achievements throughout 2011.
Commanding officer Brian Orchard, who oversaw the evening, has been involved with the unit from its beginning, and boasts an impressive 40 years at the helm as commanding officer.
He said the unit’s success would not have been possible without the help and support of his team of officers, cadets and volunteers, who have seen it bloom and receive recognition and respect within the corps and local community.
“It has been an absolute honour as a founding cadet, and with some hard work, to see Intrepid through to its 50th year. It really has been a great part of my life,” said CO Orchard.
The night show-cased the best of the unit, with music provided by its band ranging from traditional music through to Star Wars and Dr Who melodies.
The unit’s fund-raising skills were also put to the test, with a raffle and sale of hand-made and limited-edition woolly “bugs”.
Funds raised amounted to £300 to help support the running of the unit, which receives no government funding.
To visit the TS Intrepid Nautical Training Corps’ website, visit www.ntc.org.uk/intrepid