Sea cadets’ April Fool’s Dip with ex-Norwich City footballer

TS Bacchante cadets fundraising swim on Yarmouth beach.

TS Bacchante cadets fundraising swim on Yarmouth beach. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Former Norwich City footballer Adrian Coote lead a ‘Fool’s Dip’ into the sea off Great Yarmouth.

TS Bacchante cadets fundraising swim on Yarmouth beach.

TS Bacchante cadets fundraising swim on Yarmouth beach. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Eight brave people, one in fancy dress and others in wetsuits, went into the freezing cold water on Easter Monday to help raise money and the profile of the Burgh Castle and Belton Adventure Cadets.

Mr Coote and TS Bacchante sea cadets Jack Green, 12, Daniel Brown, 14, and Dan Jones, 16, were joined by staff members Russell Western and Sian Goodman, as well as Jack’s brother, John, and father, Paul.

“It was fun, but cold,” said Jack.

“Cold, but worth doing,” said Daniel.

“When are we doing it again,” said Dan, who came up with the idea of a taking dip on April Fool’s Day.

Anne Jones, Dan’s mum, said: “They said it was colder on the beach while they were waiting to go in than it actually was in the water.

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“But it was really good fun. Dan and Sian enjoyed it so much they went back in.”

The cadets were being sponsored to swim in the sea on such a cold day and raised around £200 in total.

The money will help the self-funded group run its own minibus and pay for trips.

“We were raising money for the unit,” said Mrs Jones. “But one oft the main aims was to raise our profile as we’re just about to start a major recruitment drive.

“We wanted to show people that the group is good fun - and a bit mad.”

The Burgh Castle and Belton Adventure Cadets formed eight years ago. They meet at Burgh Castle Village Hall from 6.30pm to 9pm every Friday night.

The uniformed group runs activities and days out from trips to military museums, exercises in woodlands and on the beach, weekend camps, an intense survival course and a longer activity camp during the summer.

Last year, cadets took part in Exercise Greenday - a gruelling taste of combat life which included a march, negotiating a mine field, scaling a cliff, sniper training and a timed assault course.

The training and discipline is based on the traditions and customs of the armed forces and the group is open to boys and girls aged seven to 16.

For more information, call Executive Officer Leisa Goodman on 01493 652761.