Chinook experience for Wisbech army cadets

Cadet James Stewart ( helmet off) , Wisbech Detachment prepares to board the helicopter PICTURE: MARK KNIGHT
Cadet James Stewart ( helmet off) , Wisbech Detachment prepares to board the helicopter PICTURE: MARK KNIGHT

Army cadets from Fenland have returned from a challenging annual camp when they were airlifted in Chinook helicopter.

Youngsters from Wisbech, March and Whittlesey were among more than 275 Cambridgeshire cadets who took part in the St Martins Plain Camp in Folkestone.

Annual camp is the highlight of the cadet year when all training learnt at local detachments is put into practice. In addition it provides the opportunity to experience new activities and adventures.

A highlight of this year was cadets being airlifted to the training areas by two Chinook helicopters.

The training package included navigation across the Kent countryside, living in the field for up to three days under a self-built “basha” and cooking rations from a 24 army ration pack, target shooting, clay pigeon shooting and signals training.

With a focus on the First World War, senior cadets undertook a visit to war graves around Ypres, Belgium, take part in the Menin Gate Parade and laying a wreath at Tyne Cot Cemetery in remembrance of the men of the Cambridgeshire Regiment.

After taking part in the Menin Gate Parade the cadets had the privilege of marching through the streets of Ypres in uniform.

Padre Ryk Parkinson, Associate Priest, Wisbech St Mary Parish conducted the short service at Tyne Cot.

Major Mark Knight MBE, Public Relations Officer planned the trip to Belgium.

The camp is only possible with the leadership of dedicated adults who give up their time.

“It was a great camp for the Cadets especially the chinook flight being one to remember. We offer these teenagers the” Cadet Experience” which in turn will help benefit them in future years” said Capt Trevor Longmuir, Wisbech Detachment Commander.

The HM Lord lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Hon Colonel, Sir Hugh Duberly, KCVO,CBE visited the cadets at Folkestone. He spent a day with the Cadets and presented Cpl Samuel Craigie, from March, with his certificate upon being appointed as one of his two Lord Lieutenants Cadets.