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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian sea cadets find temporary home

Whitehaven's Sea Cadets will set up home above the town’s police station after their headquarters was battered by waves earlier this month.

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No escape: Huge waves crashing against the Old Quay wall in Whitehaven harbour earlier this month caused ‘disastrous’ damage to the building where Whitehaven’s Sea Cadets, inset, meet, and which is closed for the forseeable future

The building on Old Quay was severely damaged when storm-force winds hit the county, leaving a trail of devastation. It is closed for the “foreseeable future” and cadets chairman David Abbott has admitted he has no idea when it will reopen.

Insurers have carried out an initial visit, where they classed the damage as “disastrous” but more detailed assessments need to be carried out before any decisions are made.

In the meantime, from January 10, the cadets will meet above the police station in Scotch Street.

“A number of people got in contact with us and made donations of various amounts,” said Mr Abbott. “In the meantime our temporary headquarters will be in rooms above the police station.

“We are very grateful to the police and crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, and to our local police officers.”

When the building on the harbour was struck by ferocious waves, Mr Abbott said the cadets were “absolutely gutted.”

He was bombarded with calls from upset cadets as well as offers of help from neighbouring units in Workington and Maryport.

Mr Abbott added: “We will come out of it and will reopen – it may just take a little while.

“The bottom line is that it was things that were damaged and not lives.”

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