Chief Petty Officer Tony Jones has retired from the Sea Cadets after 46 years voluntary service. Tony joined the Long Eaton Sea Cadets in 1956 aged 12years. He left in 1965 as he could not attend every parade night or weekends due to work commitments. He married Sandra in 1966 and started a family, two sons and a daughter, Darren, Paul and Amanda.
The CO at Long Eaton asked him to return to the cadets in 1978 as Chief Petty Officer. Soon after his sons joined, wife Sandra helped with fund raising and daughter Amanda joined when she was old enough, a family of cadets.
In 1992 Tony transferred to Derby where he took over as band master. Darren became staff and transferred with him along with Amanda. Paul had left by this time and Sandra went along and served in the clothing store. After a few years Amanda started work and left the sea cadets.
In 1994 Sandra was asked to help out at the Loughborough unit as Admin Officer. The following year Tony and Darren joined her but a few years later Darren finished because of work commitments. Tony had a dinning out dinner at Loughborough at the age of 65 years, he had already been given a two year extension in service and cadets and staff presented him with a fishing trolly. Tony had continued to take Admin Officer Sandra to Loughborough during a short break and was asked to rejoin.
This year Tony and Sandra decided to say a very fond farewell to Loughborough Sea Cadets and have both retired after 46 years (Tony) and 35years (Sandra) voluntary service. They said: “We have both enjoyed our years in the Cadets and would like to wish all Sea Cadet Units all the best.”
Tony Jones1956 - 1965 LONG EATON CADET
1978 - 1992 LONG EATON STAFF
1992 - 1995 DERBY BAND MASTER
1995 - 2015 LOUGHBOROUGH UNIT
46 years voluntary service
Sandra Jones1980 - 1992 LONG EATON FUND RAISING
1992 - 1994 DERBY CLOTHING STORE
1994 - 2015 LOUGHBOROUGH ADMIN OFFICER
35 years voluntary sea cadetting.