Five members of the Sea Cadets from Blackburn are to take part in a spectacular show of formal parading from The Mall to Trafalgar Square in London, to mark Trafalgar Day.
Around 500 Sea Cadets from across the UK will take part in the event on Sunday 21st October, with the parade accompanied by an 80-strong marching band. Blackburn unit, TS Mohawk, are sending five cadets from the Sea Cadet and Royal Marine Cadet sections of the unit to take part in the parade. This is the first time any member of Blackburn unit has taken part in the parade and the fourth time Leading Cadet Beaumont has been involved as part of the Physical Training section of the parade.
Trafalgar Day is a chance to showcase skills and talents to dignitaries from the Royal Navy and to London’s spectators and tourists. For more than 100 years, Sea Cadets has marked the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar with a parade on the Sunday closest to 21 October. On that date in 1805, Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleets of Cape Trafalgar in South West Spain, losing his life at the height of his most famous victory.
Blackburn Sea Cadets’ Commanding Officer, Colour Sergeant (SCC) I Hamer, said: “We will only have two days to practise and coordinate moves with the other UK cadets for the very exacting and precise ceremonial display they perform in front of up to 2,000 spectators. To be given this opportunity is a big reflection of the hard work, dedication and passion these young people have invested throughout the year that they can deliver such a show-stopping parade. We are really proud of them.”
Blackburn Unit, TS Mohawk, is part of the national charity Sea Cadets, which gives young people a new perspective. We broaden horizons and create possibilities. Working across the UK with 14,000 young people between 10 and 18, we help them see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure and a Royal Navy ethos. Our aim is to help more young people to see the future that they want – and make that future happen.
The unit is open for the following; Junior Cadets aged 10-12 on Thursdays between 6.45pm - 9pm, Sea Cadets aged between 12 to 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.45pm - 9pm and Royal Marines Cadets aged between 13 to 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.45pm - 9pm. The unit meets at Somme Barracks TA Centre, Moss Street, Blackburn, BB1 5JT.
Photo caption: Cadets from Blackburn Sea Cadets from left to right: L/Cpl (SCC) McDonald, MC2 (SCC) Greenwood, MC2 (SCC) Glover, MC2 (SCC) Potter and LC (SCC) Beaumont.