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November 23rd 2016

Sea Cadets take part in national ceremony to remember the Battle of Trafalgar

Sea Cadets from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire were in Trafalgar Square for the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

Sea Cadets from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire were in Trafalgar Square for the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

2016 marked the 211th anniversary of one of the British military’s greatest battles – Trafalgar – and Sea Cadets from Leicester and Northampton were right at the centre of the commemorations.

Five cadets from Northampton were among those specially invited to London where they formed a guard of honour and paraded under Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square on 23 October.

The Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October, 1805 is arguably the Royal Navy’s greatest victory and saw Horatio Nelson’s forces defeat the combined French and Spanish fleets of during the War of the Third Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars.

In preparation the cadets travelled to Portsmouth for drill training before taking part in the commemoration.

Forming the guard of honour under Nelson's Column

Forming the guard of honour under Nelson’s Column

Two of those involved were Petty Officer Cadet (POC) George Gibbs, aged 17 and Ordinary Cadet (OC) Ben Collins, aged 14 of Northampton Sea Cadets.

POC Gibbs said: “I was really pleased to be selected to be a part of the guard of honour and was privileged to march through London with the Sea Cadet Corps as it was a change from the regular parades that we do locally.

“It was a fantastic opportunity before my 18th birthday as it was my last event within the Sea Cadet Corps and it was a brilliant experience which filled me full of pride.”

OC Collins explained: “It was a national, once in a lifetime, event and there was only a limited number of places in the guard of honour, so to get one was an achievement in itself.

“It was a great experience to pay our respects to those that lost their lives at the Battle of Trafalgar.  I felt proud to be part of the Sea Cadets.”

“It was a great experience to pay our respects to those that lost their lives at the Battle of Trafalgar. I felt proud to be part of the Sea Cadets.”