Memories of South Tyneside sea cadets’ past parades

Cdr G Shaw, Area Officer of the Sea Cadet Corp, from Rosyth, inspects the guard of honour at T S Collingwood, during the annual visit.
Cdr G Shaw, Area Officer of the Sea Cadet Corp, from Rosyth, inspects the guard of honour at T S Collingwood, during the annual visit.

Looking shipshape and Bristol fashion, that’s these young South Tyneside sea cadets.

Pictured during the 1970s and ’80s, they can be seen being inspected and also looking forward to a trip to Portsmouth.

Cdr Shaw inspecting members of the South Shields unit at their TS Collingwood headquarters during the unit's annual Admiralty inspection.

Cdr Shaw inspecting members of the South Shields unit at their TS Collingwood headquarters during the unit's annual Admiralty inspection.

The two lads heading south in 1972, to join the training ship Royalist, were 16-year-olds Stephen Aspin and Thomas Gibson, who were both members of the 315 Unit (South Shields) Sea Cadet Corp.

Other members of the 315 (Collingwood) unit can be seen standing to attention to an inspection during their annual Royal Navy inspection and visits from the naval “top brass”.

Stephen Aspin and Thomas Gibson ahead of their trip to Portsmouth in 1972.

Stephen Aspin and Thomas Gibson ahead of their trip to Portsmouth in 1972.

Commander Douglas Gay chats to cadets in June 1974.

Commander Douglas Gay chats to cadets in June 1974.