EVESHAM stood to attention as the town welcomed hundreds of Cadets for a major Royal Navy celebration this weekend. The annual Trafalgar Festival, which celebrates the victory of Lord Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, took place in the town on Sunday.
Around 300 Sea and Royal Marines cadets led by the band of Weston Super Mare Sea Cadets, marched through the streets of Evesham with flags flying, swords drawn and drums beating. Commanding Officer Evesham Sea Cadets & Royal marines Cadets Detachment, CPO (SCC) Keith Field, said the event was a great success. "This was a wonderful day, to see so many of our cadets marching proud, heads held high, with pristine uniforms to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, through the town of Evesham," he said.
"I myself was left speechless and the young people of Evesham were a credit to themselves. I would like to give thanks to West Mercia Police, Ringway, Dawn Foods and Spiers and Hartwell who all supported us. Excellent day for the town, well done everyone" The event marks the conflict, which took place on October 21, 1805, when the Royal Navy defeated the combined fleets of the French and Spanish, which in turn scuppered the invasion scheduled by Napoleon Bonaparte. As well as Evesham cadets there will be cadets from Stratford-upon-Avon, Rugby, Tamworth, Redditch, Coventry, Sutton Coldfield, Nuneaton, Shirley, Leamington and Warwick.
The march began at Evesham High School, the salute being taken on the Workman’s bridge by the Captain Sea cadets Captain Jonathan Holloway, and ended in Market Square before a service at All Saints Church. When the parade was formed up ready for dismissal, the Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Jonathan Holloway, addressed the parade, saying: "An excellent parade today, and easily on par with the National Celebrations in London last weekend, a huge thank you to Evesham Unit, and the rest of the District for an unforgettable day."After the event praise flooded in, including the District Officer, Lt Cdr(SCC) Joe Utting RNR, who said: "A massive thank you to all the staff and Cadets that turned out today to support the District Trafalgar Day Parade at Evesham."
"The Captain of the Corps and Mrs Holloway, and the other VIP's were nothing but complimentary to me about how smart everyone looked, and the effort that everyone put in to make it an extra special day. "Thank you also to T.S. Explorer for all the backroom organisation, which was faultless, and I know took a lot of preparation. Well Done. "A personal thank you from me, for making my first Trafalgar Day Parade as your District Officer, a success."
The following is a link to all the photographs taken throughout the day.