Musselburgh Sea Cadets Celebrate 70 Years

Musselburgh Sea Cadets on parade through Musselburgh town centre, led by Commanding Officer Chris Gay

On Saturday 20 April the Cadets and adult volunteers of Musselburgh Sea Cadets were joined by friends, colleagues, members of the local community and a number of special guests to celebrate a momentous milestone.

Accompanied by Sea Cadets from all across Scotland and the rest of the UK, the Musselburgh Cadets marked their unit’s 70th anniversary with a spectacular parade through the town. Providing an extra level of prestige to the occasion was the musical element of the parade, delivered by none other than The Bands of His Majesty’s Royal Marines.

Drummers from the Band of the Royal Marines marching with the Sea Cadets during the anniversary parade.

Following a service at Northesk Parish Church, the Cadets, their families and their guests rounded off the festivities with a fun day hosted by the Ravelston House Hotel.

Warrant Officer 2 Chris Gay, Commanding Officer of Musselburgh Sea Cadets, had nothing but praise for the young people of his unit, exclaiming: ‘Without a doubt this has to be my proudest moment as Commanding Officer at Musselburgh Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadets. Months of planning and dedication by many, came together with outstanding pride.’

Lord-Lieutenant for East Lothian Roderick Urquhart, a junior Cadet and Commanding Officer Chris Gay cutting the celebration cake for the unit's 70th anniversary

As well as paying tribute to the Cadets and adults of his unit, WO2 Gay offered many thanks to all the units who joined them for the anniversary celebration, and to the local community groups who provided support throughout the day, including East Lothian Council, Northern Area Sea Cadets, Police Scotland East Lothian and The Rotary Club of Musselburgh.

Mr Roderick Urquhart, Lord-Lieutenant for East Lothian, commented: ‘Many congratulations to The Musselburgh Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadets on putting on a very memorable day, to mark their 70th anniversary. I was honoured, as Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian, to take the salute as The Royal Marines Band Scotland led the march past, followed by the various very smartly turned out Cadet Units.

Sea Cadets in dress uniform parading in Musselburgh town centre

‘The East Lothian Lieutenancy was very pleased to be part of such a special day, and to support the excellent Musselburgh Sea Cadets & Royal Marine Cadets. Well done the CO,  all the Volunteers and the Cadets. Musselburgh can be very proud of you.’

Warmest congratulations to Musselburgh Sea Cadets, we hope the unit will continue to support and benefit the young people of East Lothian for at least the next 70 years!

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