Military cadets join to honour Royal Marines

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STANDING shoulder to shoulder, these young cadets joined together to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Cadets from across the area gathered at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney for a parade.

More than 150 cadets and staff took to the parade square in the grounds of the museum to be inspected by the deputy lieutenant of Hampshire, Colonel Charles 

After the march past and salute, the dignitaries, families and friends who had gathered were treated to a number of arena displays by the cadets including a musical performance from the Central District Band.

Ordinary Cadet Harry Salmon, 14, a pupil at Bay House School in Gosport, said: ‘It felt amazing to be on parade and to be part of something so spectacular.

‘I’m very proud to be a sea cadet – it’s a great thing to do and has given me discipline, integrity, freedom and important life skills.’

The cadets came from Portsmouth, Gosport, Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Worthing and the Isle of Wight.

Col Ackroyd said: ‘The Sea Cadet Corps, together with the Army Cadet Force and Air Cadets, is growing and with so many activities and skills on offer, it’s easy to see why.

‘The cadets’ bearing on parade today was excellent and I congratulate them and their instructors for doing so