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Sea Cadets line up for inspection during the ceremonial part of Trafalgar Day

“The young men and women of Sea Cadets looked immaculately

presented, and marched absolutely in step to a fantastic band” Rear Admiral John Clink OBE








My Trafalgar

The 2014 Cadet of the Year tells us about her experience of attending Trafalgar Day

Able Cadet Alycia, 15, Northwest Lancs District “Taking part in the Trafalgar Day Parade was nerve- racking but I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn’t wait to make my family, friends, volunteers and other cadets from my unit proud. We’d put so much time and practice into preparing

that no one could have done anything more to make the day better – I thought everyone did an outstanding job. I’ve been a Sea Cadet for nearly four years and during

that time I’ve learned many skills that will help me as I pursue my dream of joining the Royal Navy. My confidence has grown so much, and I’ve been

able to go away on courses, meet new people and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Being part of Trafalgar Day was amazing, the best experience ever – I loved every moment of it.”

Angie, Alycia’s mum and a volunteer, on how Sea Cadets helps her daughter “I’m feeling quite emotional and extremely proud of Alycia right now – I’m bursting with pride, if I’m honest! During her time as a Sea Cadet Alycia has grown as

a person and become a very strong-willed young lady who knows what she wants in life. She plans to join the Royal Navy, which I don’t think would have been possible without going to Sea Cadets. It has given her a basic knowledge of what the Royal Navy is all about. Alycia has grown in confidence, become more

independent, and has learned to work as part of a team. Trafalgar Day is a great example of the amazing opportunities Sea Cadets gives young people. It’s such a great youth organisation and I’m always telling other parents about the experiences Alycia has had, and how much it has helped her decide on her future.”



Cadets from across the country gathered in the capital to take part in the historic Trafalgar Day Parade

and historic annual event in London. Each year, Sea Cadets from across the UK head


to London to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and pay homage to Nelson’s legacy, performing a range of displays and parades to thousands of spectators and extremely proud volunteers and parents in Trafalgar Square. With over 100 units taking part, this event

marks the start of a season or remembrance and parades, with units from across the UK playing their part in their local community. This year’s parade took place on Sunday

18 October – we bring you just some of the highlights from one of the biggest days in the Sea Cadets calendar.

t was another fantastic Trafalgar Day Parade as cadets and volunteers worked together to honour the Battle of Trafalgar victory and represent the Royal Navy at this prestigious

Ceremonial During the ceremonial, when cadets have the honour of representing the Royal Navy, they marched from Horse Guards Parade to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. Taking part is a once-in-a-lifetime chance

for cadets, many of whom have never visited London, and this year’s stellar show was a testament to their dedication, commitment and hard work. The ceremonial

parade was inspected by Rear Admiral John Clink OBE, who said: “It was a real privilege to see the young men and women of Sea Cadets on Trafalgar

Square, looking immaculately presented, and marching absolutely in step to a fantastic band.”

Massed band Each Trafalgar Day, talented cadet musicians come together to perform as the Sea Cadets Massed Band, memorising their music programme by heart. This year there was a band of 84 cadets,

Rear Admiral John Clink inspects the parade

of which 70 had never taken part in the Trafalgar Day Parade before. Cadets from all corners of the country, including as far as Orkney, have been practising for months using Skype and YouTube videos. The new band finally came together just two days before the parade, where they spent 12 hours of training ahead of the event. Sea Cadets Director of Music A/Lt Cdr (SCC) Alison Bowen-Davies RNR explains:

The Massed Band of the Sea Cadets march on The Mall

“We’re trying to be fully inclusive, so just because your unit doesn’t have a band, doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in national events like this. Using online technology meant that talented musicians from across the UK could take part. I think it’s one of the best Trafalgar Parades we’ve ever had.”

Physical Training (PT) From the skilled traditional club swinging to the well-timed skip jump, the PT displays give spectators a taste of the range of activities on offer across all our units. There was also a Glee Club performance

by Sefton Sea Cadets, who drew big cheers as they sang songs from popular musicals like The Wizard of Oz. After the parade nearly 100 guests and

VIPs, including Councillor The Lady Flight and The Lord Mayor of Westminster, enjoyed a reception at Wellington Barracks where Martin Coles, CEO of Marine Society & Sea Cadets, commended the cadets for their excellent performance. Rear Admiral John Clink OBE presented

medals to the many volunteers who have dedicated their lives to helping young people to thrive through Sea Cadets.

A big ‘thank you’ to all the cadets, volunteers and supporters who helped us create another unforgettable day.

Sea Cadets perform a club swinging display

“Being part of Trafalgar Day was amazing – I loved every moment” AC Alycia

Photos: Justin Sutcliffe

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