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Photo Gallery: Norwich Sea Cadets meet special guests at a Royal Naval Parade evening

PUBLISHED: 11:58 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:58 04 July 2014

Sheriff William Armstrong at the Royal Naval parade aboard TS Lord Nelson on the Wensum in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Sheriff William Armstrong at the Royal Naval parade aboard TS Lord Nelson on the Wensum in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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It was all hands on deck before the TS Lord Nelson unit of the Norwich Sea Cadets held its Royal Naval Parade.

Plenty of hard work went into making everything ship-shape at their Riverside headquarters on Tuesday evening before their official inspection.

Carried out by Commander Stuart Watt RN, deputy area officer of the Eastern Area Sea Cadet Corps, the unit is waiting to find out if it kept up last year’s high standard of a Burgee – a “very good” standard or better.

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Judith Lubbock, and the Sheriff of Norwich, William Armstrong, were guests of honour at the event, which included a boating display.

Alan Golder, whose son is a cadet in the unit, said: “It was a brilliant turnout on Tuesday. The ship was heaving with people and the parents were all there to support their children.”

He said the unit, which celebrated its centenary in 2012, had come a long way in the last few years - from struggling to get members to having a new Royal Marines detachment.

But as a registered charity made up of volunteers, it needs financial help. “We really need a sponsor or a donation,” said Mr Golder. “We are prepared to put advertising boards in our boating garden or on the ship itself.”

Any individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring the unit or making a donation should email Mr Golder at alan_golder@msn.com

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