Sea Cadets mark Trafalgar Day with parade through Bury

Trafalgar Day parade on Angel Hill ANL-141026-183336009
Trafalgar Day parade on Angel Hill ANL-141026-183336009
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About 250 people took part in a Trafalgar Day parade on Sunday hosted by Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets.

It was the turn of the cadets of Training Ship St Edmund, marking its 70th year, to host the annual parade for the organisation’s East Anglian district.

Trafalgar Day parade on Angel Hill ANL-141026-183610009

Trafalgar Day parade on Angel Hill ANL-141026-183610009

Cadets and adult volunteers from Bury, Beccles, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich took part in the parade, which formed up in Angel Hill, marched to the arc and then returned for a service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, followed by a march past.

Bury cadets’ commanding officer said: “It’s good we were hosting it in our 70th year so it made it a special event.”

A salute was taken by St Edmundsbury Mayor Robert Everitt and guests included two crew from the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vengeance, to which the Bury unit is affiliated.

The Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805 saw Norfolk-born Admiral Lord Nelson’s fleet beat the combined French and Spanish fleets off Cape Trafalgar in Spain.

Nelson was fatally shot aboard his flagship HMS Victory during the action, but it was a decisive victory, establishing Britain’s naval superiority over Napoleonic forces.