On Sunday morning 125 Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets from Sea Cadet Units across Berkshire gathered in Maidenhead town centre to commemorate Trafalgar Day. Each year a different unit plays host and this year it was Maidenhead Sea Cadets turn to invite cadets from Basingstoke, Henley, Newbury, Reading, Slough and Windsor. Although it meant an early start for some, there was an excellent turn out and the sun shone throughout the parade.
The inspecting officer was Commodore Gerry Thwaites RN Rtd, who now lives in Cookham Dean, he was ably assisted by Councillor Andrew Jenner, the Deputy Mayor; they both spent time talking to all the cadets on parade. After inspecting the cadets Commodore Thwaites congratulated them on their smart appearance and awarded prizes for the best dressed cadets. He also presented a cup to Maidenhead Sea Cadets, performing best overall in competitions throughout the year they are the top Sea Cadet unit in Berkshire.
Following the parade the cadets and guests made their way to TS Iron Duke for lunch, which was generously supported by Sainsbury’s, Taplow branch.
Maidenhead Sea Cadets was formed in 1942 so this year is the 70th anniversary of the unit; thanks to the recent publicity by the Maidenhead Advertiser several former Sea Cadets joined the party to swop stories and share memories of the good times they had when they were cadets.
The occasion also had a slightly poignant side as Lt Cdr Dick Boardman was remembered with the unveiling of a picture of him on the ‘memorial wall’; Dick Boardman passed away in February this year after a short illness. Dick was a member of the Sea Cadet Corps for well over 50 years and in January he received a 50 year medal from Captain Mark Windsor, Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps.
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