Celebrating years of Bradford’s Sea Cadets
Sea Cadets from across Yorkshire united last weekend to commemorate Trafalgar Day in style as hundreds took to the streets to mark the annual event.
200 cadets from West Yorkshire’s eight units marched through the city of Bradford on Sunday 20th October in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson’s historic victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Coinciding with this year’s celebrations was the Bradford Sea Cadets 75th anniversary. With the march initially organised to take place in Keighley, the troops passed the honour of staging the event to their near neighbours to fittingly mark both occasions.
Cadets from Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Castleford, South Elmsall and Keighley were all in attendance whilst the Bradford Air Cadets’ band led the demonstration.
Bodies gathered in Centenary Square at around midday where the cadets were then inspected by the representing bodies; the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Virginia Lloyd, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Major Stan Hardy, and Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain.
From there, the troops were led along Market Street, towards the cathedral where Bradford Sea Cadets chaplain, John Howard, gave his speech.
After the cathedral service, the cadets then paraded back to Centenary Square to march past dignitaries, before attending a reception at the Bradford Sea Cadets headquarters TS Aurora, which was named after the troop ship adopted by the citizens of Bradford during the Second World War.
The parade marks the end of Bradford Sea Cadet’s 75th anniversary year, which began with it being named as national Evelyn Cleverly Award winners, beating 400 units from across the country.
The Lord Mayor said:
“It was a real honour to welcome Sea Cadets from across West Yorkshire to Bradford to commemorate this famous battle, especially as it coincides with the 75th year of Sea Cadets in Bradford.”
Chairman of the Bradford Sea Cadets, Sandra Howard, said she was proud to see so many people turn out for the annual event and was thankful for everybody who was involved.
“It was a fantastic day and even the bad weather stayed away which was always a bonus,” she explained.
“To see everybody come together for a march like this was amazing and was actually quite moving to witness. There were so many people here that it makes you realise how big the sea cadets really are.”
The Lord Mayor’s Cadet LC Ummar Younis and the West Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant’s Sea Cadet POC Lorna Zurek, both from Bradford, both took part in the parade.