Cadets are on parade

Grangemouth Sea Cadets TS Forth Royal Naval Inspection
Grangemouth Sea Cadets TS Forth Royal Naval Inspection

Grangemouth Sea Cadets put on a fine display for VIP guests at their recent inspection parade.

The youngsters were joined by Provost Pat Reid, who they had earlier escorted to Stirling Castle so he could light the VE Day beacon, and inspecting officer Captain Steve Lewis from the Royal Marine Reserve Scotland at their HQ in Forth Ports, Grangemouth Docks.

The inspection, which happens every two years, saw the cadets go through various drills and show what they had learned through their weeks of intense, but fun, training.

Commanding officer Robert Hamilton said the cadets were on excellent form and it was a great night for the unit.

Grangemouth Sea Cadets, known as TS (Training Ship) Forth, was founded in 1942 and has been based at the docks for the last 20 years. The evening sessions on Monday and Thursday allow youngsters to make new friends, learn new skills, gain leadership qualities and discover the importance of team work.

TS Forth Sea Cadets currently have cadets in three sections – the junior section, for those aged 10 to 12; sea cadet section for 12 to 18-year-olds; and the Royal Marine cadets section for 13 to 18-year-

Their current location, near junction dock, is ideal and provides a ready made enclosed water training area which is perfect for sailing, paddling and other activities.

While water-based pursuits are confined to the summer months, youngsters take part in a whole range of activities which take place throughout the year, including adventure training, camps and expeditions, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and shooting.