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Sea cadets welcome Royal Marine veterans
SEA cadets have been put through their paces with a visit from Royal Marine veterans.
The 718 Squad of the Royal Marines, formed in Kent during 1959, paid a visit to the TS Boscawen Sea Cadet Training Centre in Weymouth.
Veterans watched the marine cadets on the climbing wall and doing rope work, as well as touring classrooms and attending a gala dinner.
Pam Nebbett, event organiser and chairman of the parent’s and supporter’s organisation for Boscawen, said: “The cadets found it very enjoyable and learnt quite a bit from the veterans.
“The veterans were very interested in the work the cadets do, and likewise the cadets loved to hear about the marines’ memories and experiences during their time in service.
“Sergeant Mike Smith also inspected the cadet’s who were doing activities for their annual inspection.
“He was so impressed with how the cadets behaved and the questions they asked.
“We had great feedback that the veterans have really enjoyed themselves and have said they would like to visit again.”
The TS Boscawen centre trains cadets aged between from 10 and 18 as part of the Sea Cadet Unit.
A spokesperson for the 718 Squad Royal Marines said: “We’d like to thank the officers and cadets of Training Ship Boscawen for entertaining the ten older gentlemen on September 13.
“It was good to see so many young people taking an interest in an activity which will stand them in good stead for years to come.
“If we do return to Weymouth again in years to come we would be delighted to visit TS Boscawen again. The cadets have left a lasting impression on us all and we will remember our visit with fond memories.”
• Sea cadet facts
There are over 400 sea cadet Units across the UK with charitable status, enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs.
All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by national charity the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
The units work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector.
Their aim is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
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