The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope took the salute at National Trafalgar Day parade today, Sunday 24 October.
On a bright, sunny morning, 550 young people from across the cadet forces, led by the Sea Cadets, celebrated the historic 205th anniversary with a spectacular show of formal parading, marching band, club and cutlass display and a traditional window ladder display.Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, said:
“It was a pleasure to be here today attending the Sea Cadets’ National Trafalgar Day parade in this year of Cadet 150. The Sea Cadets, joined by Army and Air Force cadets, were well-drilled and they should be very proud of the variety of skills that they showed here today. I would like to offer my thanks and praise to all of the cadets’ organisations. The educational and developmental opportunities that they provide to young people are as valuable as ever, and the experience of working with them is just as rewarding for those adults who volunteer to help them. These cadets are true role models for young people, and the cadets’ organisations show the Big Society at its best, working together, without boundaries.”