Gallery: Wisbech Sea Cadets join with Fenland branch of Royal Society of St George for big day out
Members of the Royal Society of St George Fenland Branch and Wisbech Sea Cadets celebrated St George's Day with a trip to the Cenotaph in London.
Twenty-five cadets and adult instructors travelled to the capital to participate in the St George’s Day cadet parade in Whitehall.
The Wisbech Sea Cadets joined up with other sea cadet units from London, as well as air and army cadets to march to the Cenotaph, where they formed up for a service of Remembrance at 11am.
The parade and service of remembrance is organised and facilitated by the national office of the Royal Society of St George, with members of the society travelling from all parts of the country to participate. During the service of Remembrance wreaths were laid by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, chair of the Royal Society of St George, Joanna Cadman as well as branch members of the Royal Society of St George.
Laying the wreath on behalf of the Wisbech Sea Cadets was the unit chair Chris Black, and on behalf of the Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George, branch chair Brian Kierman.
Also representing the Fenland branch of the society was Branch Standard Bearer Aubrey Smith, and wife Rosemary, Chaplain Rev’d David Addington, Roy and Liz McManus, Stephen and Jayne Phillips, Marion Levitt and Sue Clarke, and both organisations chairs' wives Mary Kierman and Rebecca Black.
Following the parade and wreath laying at the Cenotaph, members of the Royal Society of St George went on to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey, followed by a luncheon, whilst the Sea Cadets and instructors were provided with a guided tour of London, visiting landmarks such as Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace.
Attendance at the parade was made possible by the Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George – the Wisbech Sea Cadet unit became affiliated with the Fenland Branch in 2020, and through the generous support of the Fenland cranch money was raised to fund the transport costs to London for the cadets to participate in the event.
Chaplain of the Wisbech Sea Cadets and also the Fenland Branch of the RSSG, the Rev David Addington assisted with the arrangements and coordination of both groups with the events team in London.
Sea Cadets chair Chris Black said: “We would like to thank the Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George, and their chair Brian Kierman for supporting the Wisbech Sea Cadets, and for helping providing this unique opportunity for the young people of Wisbech to attend such a special event – support of external groups such as this is vital to allow us to provide the cadets with as many opportunities and positive experiences that are possible.”
Brian Kierman said: “I was pleased to contribute to making this an exciting and memorable Day for the Sea Cadets and their instructors."
Wisbech Sea Cadets offer opportunities for young people aged 10 to 18, the unit is open Tuesday and Fridays from 7pm to 9pm, and meets at the Wisbech Sea Cadet Unit, 19 Sandyland, Wisbech, PE13 1NX.
For more than 128 years, the Royal Society of St George has been England’s premier patriotic organisation, promoting and celebrating the English way of life. With thousands of members, more than 60 branches in England and over 30 around the world, the society organises a wide variety of social and fund raising events.