DELIGHTED members of Evesham Sea Cadets are celebrating after their training gun carriage and trailer was repaired and refurbished by staff and prisoners at nearby Long Lartin.
There are close ties between Evesham Sea Cadets and Long Lartin with a number of the staff from Long Lartin helping out as volunteers at Evesham Sea Cadets in their spare time.
In addition the Sea Cadet Unit at South Littleton is used by the prison staff for training purposes at times.
The training carriage and trailer were originally designed and built in Long Lartin and over the years have suffered from general wear and tear, and the odd knock as it has been used for various activities including fund-raising.
The repairs were a show of thanks to the cadets for the support they have offered Long Lartin over the years.
Long Lartin Industries Manager, Shaun Whittle said: “Long Lartin has been closely tied to the local community here in Evesham for more than 40 years.
“The training carriage and trailer were originally designed & built in Long Lartin and it seemed fitting that we carry out the refurbishment as a show of thanks to the cadets for the support they have offered us.
“This project has been incredibly gratifying for both the staff and prisoners alike, giving us the opportunity to give a little back to the community and showcase the range of skills taught here at Long Lartin,” he added.
Evesham Sea Cadets is a registered charity with the aim of helping the young people of Evesham and the surrounding area towards developing into responsible adults using a nautical theme based on the customs of the Royal Navy.
Visit www.sea-cadets.org/evesham or call 01386 833383 for more information on Evesham Sea Cadets.