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Southern Area Sea Cadets celebrate 350th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:58 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:18 21 November 2014

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Sea cadets from Southern Area’s Central District took part in a special parade last month to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines.

The Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets were from areas including Bognor, Chichester, Littlehampton and Worthing. Together they stood to pay their respects to all those who had trained and served their country.

More than 150 cadets and staff took part. The Central District Sea Cadet Band is made up of cadets from Littlehampton, Chichester, Ryde and Cowes. They began the afternoon’s proceedings, where, in front of family, friends and military and civic guests, the young people stood respectfully in the October sunshine 
as they were inspected by the Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire Colonel Charles Ackroyd, and other military dignitaries.

Petty Officer Cadet Baylee Reed, 16, lives in Chichester and parades with TS Sussex in Littlehampton. Having been a sea cadet for five years, he is now waiting to hear whether his application to join the Household Cavalry has been successful. “It was quite nerve-wracking,” he said of the day. “I was playing the snare drum in the band which provides the melody and accompaniment.”

Able Cadet George Myers, 14, is a pupil at Philip Howard School in Barnham and has been a sea cadet for four years with TS Sir Alec Rose in Bognor. “Today’s parade was a good experience” he said. “For me, this is the serious side of cadets but it is still fun being with your friends.”

To find out more about the Southern Area Sea Cadets contact Trevor McDermott, Training and Development Worker Southern Area Sea Cadets 07850 659652; tmcdermott@ms-sc.org; www.ms-sc.org

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