Diary - Freedom of the Borough for Sea Cadets

Day began early knocking on doors to meet more residents. Then I reported to the Weymouth Sea Cadets at Barrack Road for their big day at 1300. Appropriately, the sun shone as the youngsters prepared to march through the town to Holy Trinity Church as part of the ceremony. It all went like clockwork. The VIPs were all taken by bus to the inspection point, after which we were driven back to the church to await the Sea Cadets and Royal Marine detachment who marched through the town. This they duly did and in great style. At the church, I chatted to many of the attendees, most of whom were related to the cadets. Many councillors came too and it was nice to see them all. Into the church the cadets filed and the Service got under way, led by the Rev Andrew Gough and the Rev Philip Elliott. Two great hymns, an excellent welcome by the Mayor, Cllr Richard Kosior, and a top class address by Captain Steve Bramley, who is President of the Cadets, and does a most wonderful job. After belting out the National Anthem, we all filed out of the church to watch a march past. The Cadets then disappeared off to Barrack Road and we all followed along after them. It was then time to enjoy some food while chatting to parents and relatives of the cadets and of course all the VIPs and volunteers, to whom we owe a huge debt. It was a very happy occasion and enjoyed by all. We were reminded that only two Sea Cadet organisations in the country had been given this award. So well done the Weymouth Sea Cadets and all the dedicated staff who look after them. The Freedom is well deserved.