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NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2010


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● The Red Arrows – carrying nine cadets in the back seats, two representing the Sea Cadet Corps – en route to London for the Cadet 150 fl y-past


the finishing touches to the programme being applied at HMS Raleigh during the Easter holidays and at Whale Island in the week before the review. With Royal Marines bandsmen


having had their input, and ceremonial veteran WO1 John Snoddon adding “the icing on the cake”, the band – with a sizeable RN presence – put in as good a performance as the musicians up in front of them.


Just behind them were the 80 or so CCF RN cadets, under the watchful eye of Cdr (CCF) Bob Mitchell RNR, who heads the King’s College School Wimbledon contingent. “We have only been together


for two days, and I am amazed at what hard work can achieve in that time,” he said. “They started off a little bit


rough but by yesterday they were very good, and whereas they were nervous before, today they were excited and looking forward to doing their bit.


“A lot of parents were here, somewhere along the route, and they are very keen for mum and dad to see them.”


The parade finished by turning left into Spur Road and across Birdcage Walk into Wellington


Barracks, the youngsters and the marching adult staff being warmly applauded every inch of the way. As instruments were put back into cases and loaded on the van, the Sea Cadets’ Drum Major could enjoy the rest of the afternoon. “That was amazing,”


said


Amanda, who was selected for the position because of her performances at training camps over the past few months. “Everything went according to


plan, thank goodness. “It was great fun, though it was a bit of a blur – I was too busy concentrating to see anyone along the way.” That view was confirmed by


SCC HQ staff officer Lt Cdr (SCC) Derek Payne RNR, the Director of Music. “That was fantastic,” he said. “We have got cadets in the band representing 19 units from across the country, and I am absolutely delighted with their performance today.


“They really showed what Sea Cadet music is all about – nothing went wrong, it was faultless.” He also had praise for Amanda on her major event debut, and pointed out that others in the band were also performing at a high level – such as Acting POC


Units on parade


SEA Cadet units and districts which were represented at the Cadet 150 Royal Review included:


Altrincham and Sale, Ashford, Bangor (Gwynedd), Belfast, Bolton, Bristol, Cambridge, Chester, Chiltern (Bucks), Chippenham, Crewe, Dalbeattie, Dartmouth, Dundonald, East Kilbride, Essex District, Filey, Fishguard, Gravesend, Greenock, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hastings, Herne Bay, Hertford and Ware, Hornchurch and Upminster, Horsham, Hull, Ipswich, Leith (Edinburgh), London, Maidstone, Methil, Milford Haven, Morecambe and Heysham, Musselburgh, Neath, Newburn (Newcastle-


upon-Tyne), Northampton and Wellingborough, North East Yorkshire District, Nottingham, Pembroke Dock, Plymouth, Poole, Portland, Portrush, Queensferry (Edinburgh), Ramsgate and Broadstairs, Redditch and Bromsgrove, Rhyl, Runcorn, Scarborough, Sefton, Isle of Sheppey, Shirley (West Midlands), South Shields, Southampton, Stafford and Rugeley, Stevenage, Stonehaven, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Thornbury, Tooting and Balham, Torfaen, Tunbridge Wells, Wallasey, Waltham Forest, Walton-on-the-Naze, Warsash, Weymouth, Whitstable, Wirral District, Workington, Worthing, York.


Chris Palucsis, on cornet, who was also preparing for his audition with the Royal Marines Band Service. Tunbridge Wells unit claimed a double success on the big day – not only can they count Lt Cdr Payne as one of their own (he joined the unit as a cadet in 1960) but also parade commander Lt Cdr (SCC) John Vanns RNR (who joined in 1977) was also a TS Brilliant alumni.


The last section in from the parade – Scottish Army cadet and Romney Marsh air cadet pipers – had barely drained their bottles of water before the cadets and staff moved off again, this time on the short march back across to Buckingham Palace and a special royal garden party. The CCF band, which spent


the days before the parade training at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, enjoyed the occasion so much they marched back down the Mall to drop off their instruments before retracing their steps to the palace. Four detachments of 100 cadets from each organisation formed a ceremonial guard for members of the royal family – including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent – who met as many of the 6,000 cadets, families and support staff as they could over the next two hours.


Relaxing inside the gardens of


the palace, cadets from all the forces chatted with each other and tackled plates of sandwiches and cakes.


George Worden, Charles Donnelly and Jay Cadman, of the Bournemouth School CCF,


all


marched along the Mall having undertaken final practices at Uxbridge. “When we marched at Uxbridge


we did it very well, so we were quite confident,” said Jay. “And the senior officers helped ease the tension by telling us what to expect,” said Charles, who added that one general fear was that the hot weather would take its toll – as it happened, the final practice was more of an ordeal than the big day itself. OC Elizabeth Hodges, 14, of Sutton Coldfield unit,


played


piccolo in the Sea Cadet band, and though she has played at the national Trafalgar Day parade more than once, the Cadet 150 event topped the lot. “I have always wondered what it


was like through the palace gates,” said Elizabeth, who had five unit colleagues with her in the band. And now she knows.


Speaking from the gardens of the palace, Capt Mark Windsor, Captain Sea Cadets, said: “It has been a brilliant event today. “I really enjoyed the parade, and I think all the cadets from all the Services did themselves proud today.”


Picture: SAC Rob Travis (RAF)


● (Above) Last-minute checks for Drum Major Amanda Santry before the parade along the Mall gets under way (below)


● Cadets representing all three Services met up on Horse Guards Parade before the step-off


Picture: PO(Phot) Mez Merrill


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