South Tyneside's sea cadets' past parades

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

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 9:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:42 am
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.

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

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.

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

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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”.

Commander Douglas Gay chats to cadets in June 1974.
Stephen Aspin and Thomas Gibson ahead of their trip to Portsmouth in 1972.
Commander Douglas Gay chats to cadets in June 1974.