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PORTSMOUTH army cadets have just returned from a new adventure that saw them driving new off-road go-karts.

The vehicles – called Bocarts – were being used for the first time during their annual camp at Thetford in Norfolk.

The camp also took on an international flavour with the visit of 12 Lithuanian cadets and their instructors who were attending as part of a friendship bond between them and the county. They joined a total of 650 cadets and 250 adult instructors from across Hampshire. County Commandant Colonel Rod Lambert said: ‘This is the highlight of the cadet year, something cadets talk about before they come and long after they return home.

‘This year we have done things differently in that the cadets have stayed with their detachments rather than their training level.

‘This has had a positive effect of less homesickness because they are among their friends.

‘The most exciting aspect for cadets however, is our first year with the cross country Bocarts, which proved extremely popular and were the stars of camp.’