Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cadets Show Their Skills as New Recruits Sign Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cadets Show Their Skills as New Recruits Sign Up

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A-TEN-SHUN!

Dozens of Army cadets from Norton, Hardwick, Hartburn and Ingleby Barwick came together to welcome new members and show parents what they get up to on base.

The youngsters, aged 12-18, met at The TA centre in Norton where they demonstrated cookery, first aid and how to assemble a rifle - blindfolded - before going on parade.

Brothers, sisters and parents tasted the delights of boil in the bag lamb stew and sponge pudding, just the sort of ration packs our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan tuck into.

Then, Captain Anne Steed and Company Sergeant Major Steve Leavens ordered the cadets to fall in before welcoming 17 new members. CSM Leavens said: "Cadets is good for young people, who sometimes get a bit of a bad press. It helps them become part of the community and get involved in things."

Cpt Steed added: "What these kids do is very worthwhile, whether they want a career in the armed forces or not."

Cadets do everything from learning military fieldcraft to car park marshalling and charity fundraising. …

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