Fenland cadets on the march

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Nearly 300 army cadets were put through their paces when they endured nine days of gruelling training on an annual camp.

The cadets – including many from Fenland and more than 100 adult officers and instructors – attended the Cambridgeshire Army Cadets’ annual camp at Nesscliff Training Camp, near Shrewsbury.

The camp included field exercises, involving sleeping in a ‘basha’ shelter for two nights and living on rations, air rifle shooting, weapons handling and exercise, navigation and signals tasks, first aid and clay pigeon shooting.

The cadets also tried their hand at kayaking, archery, caving, climbing and high wire tasks at Red Ridge Centre.

Cadets were joined by Major Padre Ryk Parkinson, who is also associate parish priest at Wisbech St Mary Church.

Padre Ryk, who spent 24 years as an officer in the Royal Engineers before being ordained, said he attends to the cadets’ spiritual and welfare needs during the camp.

He said: “Being the senior Padre gives me the chance to work with the cadets and adult leaders in providing support, guidance and above all just a listening ear.

“Being seen in the field and available for a friendly chat is very important. It’s great to work with the youngsters at camp and see their progression through later life.”

Anyone interested in joining the cadets can visit: www.cambsacf.com or ring 01223 862949.