Honour for sea cadets

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A BAND of young sea cadets is preparing to represent South Yorkshire in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

A group of four 12 to 16-year-olds from TS Diomede, Barnsley Sea Cadets has been selected to help lead Her Majesty’s barge, Gloriana, down the River Thames on June 3.

The cadets are part of a 55-strong team from across the UK taking part in the huge procession of over 1,000 vessels. Each will carry a flag representing a different Commonwealth nation. Another Barnsley cadet will travel on TS Royalist, which will also be part of the fleet.

The group will travel to London on June 1 for rehearsals. Captain Mark Windsor RN at Barnsley Sea Cadets said: “This is a great honour for us, not least as the Queen is our patron, but it also offers our cadets an incredible opportunity to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime event, to be part of history.”

Caroline Devonport, commanding officer, said: “It’s an absolute honour for cadets from Barnsley to be travelling to the capital to take part in the Jubilee celebrations.”