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Parade of pride by Basingstoke Sea Cadets
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CADETS from Basingstoke and surrounding areas braved the pouring rain to march through the town to mark the Battle of Trafalgar.
Around 150 Sea Cadets, Royal Marines and Junior Sea Cadets gathered in Basingstoke for the annual celebration, which started at War Memorial Park.
They were joined by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire, Rear Admiral Iain Henderson, and the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Dan Putty, and his wife Julie.
The group of cadets, from Basingstoke, Reading, Newbury, Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Eaton, and Henley-on-Thames, walked to Market Place, at Top of The Town, supported by the Royal British Legion Corps of Drums, from Old Basing.
In his address to the parade, Rear Admiral Henderson praised the Cadets for turning up in such awful weather.
The parade then marched back to War Memorial Park and gave a final salute to the Rear Admiral and Mayor and Mayoress, in Winchester Street, before gathering for a reception at the Ex-Services Club, in New Street.
Here, Cllr Putty assisted in presenting various awards, including to petty officer Bruce Wake, in recognition of his five years in command of Basingstoke and Deane Sea Cadets as he steps down.
Darren Rust, officer in charge of Basingstoke and Deane Sea Cadets, said: “I am extremely proud of all the cadets and staff involved under such conditions.
“Everyone has put in a lot of effort to put on a successful parade for all to be proud of.”
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