Royal Navy reservists find a new 'port' in Leeds

by kate baldwin HUNDREDS of guests have marked the relocation of Yorkshire's only Royal Navy Reserve Unit.

A special ceremony was held at Carlton Barracks in Leeds as the Ceres Division moved to its new home there after previously being based in Batley.

The event, which was attended by 250 guests, was also to commemorate the division's new title, having formerly been called Calder Division.

Flag Officer Training and Recruiting Rear Admiral John Borley carried out the official opening, with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Chris Townsley, in attendance, and the Royal Marine Band (Scotland) led the parade through the barracks.

Officer in Command, Lt Cdr David Olivant said the ceremony had gone very well and had been enjoyed by all.

The move was funded by the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association for Yorkshire and Humberside and Royal Navy Reserves.

The Ceres Division, which is part of the Navy's version of the Territorial Army, currently has 43 reservists but is looking for new recruits to train in peacetime so the Navy can meet commitments during war.