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September 28th 2016

Army Cadets march through Derby

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force parades through the streets of Derby

Britain’s oldest youth group, the Army Cadets, paraded proudly through the streets of Derby to mark Cadet Sunday (25 September) and the 157th year since its foundation.

The parade by Derbyshire Army Cadet Force originated from the Market Place and stopped for a service of thanksgiving at Derby Cathedral prior to returning through the streets.

The parade and service was attended by many Derbyshire dignitaries that included the Mayor of Derby, the Mayor of Chesterfield, and Mayor of the High Peak among other civic dignitaries.

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force parades through the streets of DerbyWing Commander (Retd) Phil Giles, Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire,  took the salute accompanied by the ACF County’s Commandant, Colonel (Col) Chris Young.

The parade marched off smartly with the Band of the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force leading who also played during the service.

Upon the conclusion of the parade the cadets received warm applause from the viewing public including many proud parents of participating cadets.

Col Young said: “A parade on this Cadet Sunday used to happen in every county in the United Kingdom, sadly few counties carry on the tradition but of those, Derbyshire is very much in the forefront of a revival.

“We intend to grow the event next year hopefully joined by cadets from different services”.

"Derbyshire is very much in the forefront of a revival."