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On Monday evening it was not just Campbeltown Sea Cadets’ boots which shone like a mirror. Their performance was pure perfection.
The Courier arrived slightly late but witnessed more than three quarters of the display in front of inspecting officer Captain Peter Adams, for the organisation’s Royal Naval Parade.
The cadets’ narrative for their half hour ‘evolution’ display, concentrating on the role of Campbeltown sailors in the Battle of Trafalgar, ran to five pages of A4.
Although narrator, Cadet First Class John Morton, and the other cadets with pieces to read used their scripts, it was clear they had memorised the words through practice.
This was just one of the points noted by Captain Adams, who as Northern Area Officer sees many cadet units and is responsible for groups from Kirkwall to Guisborough in north-east England.
He praised the cadets for their immaculate show.
This year there are a number of New Entry Cadets and numbers are healthy at nearly 20 – although like many youth groups they would be happy to take more if there were further adult volunteers.