Surrey

Work starts on Woking Sea Cadets new £1.7m home

A crowd gathers for the ground-breaking ceremony
Image caption Mayor of Woking, Councilllor Mohammed Iqbal, joined cadets at the ground-breaking ceremony

A ground-breaking ceremony has marked the start of building work on a £1.7m new home for Woking Sea Cadets.

Woking Borough Council, which is funding the project, said the building was "perfectly positioned" for sailing on Goldsworth Park Lake.

Barry Pope, who chairs the cadets, said moving from their current site, in Westfield Avenue, would enable more young people to join.

He said the cadets gave young people a "sense of self-worth and confidence".

Mayor of Woking, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, joined architects BBF Felding and construction firm Mansell for the ceremony.

Construction work is expected to take six months.

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