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Sea Cadets anniversary parade

PUBLISHED: 18:22 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 July 2010

HUNDREDS of cadets - former and present - will take part in a parade in Gorleston on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of sea cadets TS Norfolk.

More than 120 cadets, with youngsters from Norwich, Lowestoft and Beccles, will take part in the event and line up at St Mary's RC School in Gorleston at 1pm for an inspection by Rear Admiral Niall Kilgour, former commanding officer of HMS Norfolk.

HUNDREDS of cadets - former and present - will take part in a parade in Gorleston on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of sea cadets TS Norfolk.

More than 120 cadets, with youngsters from Norwich, Lowestoft and Beccles, will take part in the event and line up at St Mary's RC School in Gorleston at 1pm for an inspection by Rear Admiral Niall Kilgour, former commanding officer of HMS Norfolk.

Then, led by the marching band of Winterton Marine Cadets youngsters will parade via the High Street to St Andrew's Church for a commemorative service.

Dozens of former cadets are travelling to Gorleston for the event including one from Spain.

Trevor Metcalf, of Cheltenham, is also attending the event and will make a short speech during the church service recalling his days in the unit.

The unit's Chief Petty Officer Philip Corbyn said: “The cadets are really looking forward to it and we are all hoping the weather is good.”

The sea cadets unit in Yarmouth dates back to the 1850s to the early days of the Naval Lads Brigade. TS Norfolk began life in 1938 as a sea cadet corps unit first known as TS Wishbone. Its name was changed to TS Yarmouth when the unit became affiliated to HMS Yarmouth.

When the ship was decommissioned in 1985, HMS Norfolk became the unit's affiliated vessel and accordingly the group's name was changed. The unit spent many years based at Koolunga House, in Gorleston, before moving to its current premises in Riverside Road in 1964. It caters for junior cadets aged 10 to 12 and senior cadets aged 12 to 18.

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