City Cadets win praise for drilling

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Sheffield Sea Cadets has scooped a number of awards after showing off their drilling skills during a regional competition.

Each year, the Sea Cadet Corps holds annual drill competitions all over the country, which look at the cadets; dress and bearing, and their personal drill.

At the recent South Yorkshire event, hosted by Thorne Sea Cadets, 90 cadets and adult volunteers from Doncaster, Sheffield, Thorne and Rotherham turned out to compete.

Petty Officer Christopher Smith, of Sheffield Sea Cadets, said: “The cadets have worked hard over the last year to perfect their routines, and the level of commitment was clear to see on the day.

“Our cadets turned out to compete in a friendly atmosphere; having trained hard and polished their shoes to perfection. Cadets showcased many categories of drill disciplines, from piping to unarmed squads, and went out before the judge’s one at a time to show off their skills.”

South Yorkshire District Officer Lieutenant Craig Dawson said: “It was obvious that the cadets had trained hard for the competition by the high standard of dress and drill seen during the day. It was a pleasure to witness the cadets enjoying themselves and welcome new cadets to the realms of competitive drill and piping.”

Cadet Adam Camps, aged 13, said: “The drill competition was awesome. Some cadets even gave it a go despite having lost their voice from practising so much!”

Sheffield won awards for: Colour Party Squad, Armed Drill Squad, Junior Drill Squad, and Best Armed Guard Commander.