FOUR sea cadets from South Tyneside have been chosen to take part in a prestigious parade in the country’s capital.
John Knight, 14, and 16-year-olds, James Andrew, Nathan McColgan and Mathew Fenwick, will be heading to London at the weekend to join the celebrations for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.
The parade, on Tuesday, is one of a number of events being held throughout the year to mark the occasion.
The teenagers from South Shields sea cadets are among 54 from across the country to be specially chosen to take part in the celebration.
The cadets, who train at Wapping Street, South Shields, were chosen because of their standards of drill, turnout, general attitude and commitment.
Acting Petty Officer Joanne Knight said: “I feel very proud of the cadets. They are the only four from South Tyneside who have been chosen.
“It is such a great honour for them to be taking part in an event as prestigious as this.
“They are all really looking forward it.”
The cadets will travel to London at the weekend, after taking part in the South Tyneside summer parade on Saturday.
They will be housed in special barracks throughout their stay and undergo two days of rehearsals – training with the Royal Marines, ahead of the event.
The cadets will join the Royal Marines as they march down the Mall into Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen.
After that, they will return to the nearby Wellington Barracks for a second reception with a member of the Royal family.
The naval soldiers were formed during the reign of King Charles II in 1664.
They were given the Royal Marines title in 1802 by King George III.
Since then, the Marines have taken part in more battles on land and sea around the world than any other branch of the British Armed Forces.
The Royal Marines are the UK’s Commando Forces and the Royal Navy’s amphibious troops who are able to deal with a wide range of threats and security challenges.