SEA Cadets from the north of the county paraded through Northampton after their unit was the first in the country to be given the freedom of the borough.
More than 100 cadets from TS Laforey Sea Cadet Corp, which meets at Victoria Road, Rushden, and recruits from Wellingborough, marched through the streets with bayonets fixed and colours flying on Sunday after being given the honour.
Commanding officer Lt Chris Read said “Northampton borough has supported the Sea Cadets in Northampton since its formation in 1942 and the granting of the freedom of the borough just shows how the Sea Cadet unit is supported by the local community. This stands the organisation in good stead for a stable future for many years to come.”
The unit was presented with the honour at a full council meeting on Saturday, where leaders of all parties spoke highly of the organisation’s impact on the county’s young people.
The presentation of the freedom declaration, which the unit paraded through the town, was made to its youngest Junior Sea Cadet, aged of 10.
A band of 16 cadets from TS 800 Naval Air Squadron in Kettering provided the drums for Sunday’s HMS Laforey Parade, which commemorates the loss of Northampton’s adopted warship, HMS Laforey, with 158 men on March 30, 1944.
The unit flew the Royal Standard from its mainmast for the first time when Prince Andrew, Admiral of the Sea Cadets, dropped in to speak to cadets the previous Tuesday.