Sea, army and air cadets on parade in Gosport

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HUNDREDS of cadets proudly paraded in front of some very important guests.

It was Sea Cadets Grand Parade on Sunday and this year it was hosted by the Gosport Corps.

200 cadets  from all three Cadet forces parade from Gosport Town Hall to Time Space. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132691-336)

200 cadets from all three Cadet forces parade from Gosport Town Hall to Time Space. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132691-336)

Sea Cadets from across the area went on parade in front of the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan, Mayor of Gosport John Beavis, and Rear Admiral Tony Whetson.

The local army and air force cadets were also invited for the occasion which was led by the Sea Cadets Band.

Nicky Salmon, the First Lieutenant of Gosport Sea Cadets, said: ‘It went fantastically well and there was quite a turnout.

‘The cadets were all amazing. The awards being handed out by Dame Mary was the icing on the cake. It’s the first time we’ve held the Grand Parade in Gosport and all the cadets and the band were brilliant.

‘Afterwards they were in really good spirits and we treated all 200 of them to cake and squash.’

The parade began in the town centre at 10.45am and, led by the band, the cadets marched through the High Street and on to Time Space at Trinity Green where the sun came out and shone over the water.

Dame Mary inspected the platoons before a short church service.

Janet and Keith Swindell, of White Line Walk, Gosport, were there to support their son, 13-year-old Jake, an army cadet.

The Bay House School pupil was taking part in his second parade after joining a year ago.

Mrs Swindell said: ‘We are so proud of him.

‘He absolutely loves it.

‘He has just come back from camp in Dartmoor with the cadets.

‘It’s so great to be able to go back to school on Monday morning and say, “I didn’t sit at home on the weekend and play on the computer”.

‘He has had so many adventures and learnt so many new skills that you don’t learn sitting at home.’