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trentbarton ferries 200 Sea Cadets to parade

Around 200 Sea Cadets were ferried from Chilwell to their Trafalgar Day parade in Long Eaton on Sunday [October 21] in two buses provided by trentbarton.

The bus company donated the use of the buses and the services of their drivers to help the Sea Cadets, aged from 10 to 18, to mark the 213th anniversary of the battle.

The cadets from the Notts & Derby District of the Sea Cadet Corps were marking Nelson’s victory on October 21 1805. This year’s Trafalgar Day was hosted in Long Eaton by the town’s Sea Cadet unit, TS Indomitable.

trentbarton drivers Bob Kelly and Darren Kightley ran the shuttle service before the parade and returned the Sea Cadets and staff back to HMS Sherwood in Chilwell.

The Sea Cadets is a charity with each unit raising money to purchase boats and other equipment. Local support is key to making the best use of their funds to help their young members, said HMS Sherwood’s petty officer Andrew Maltby.

“I cannot thank trentbarton enough for stepping in and providing two buses to help transport all the cadets and staff to their parade in Long Eaton.

“This gesture just goes to show that trentbarton is truly the ‘really good bus company’ which is prepared to step up and assist the local community.

“Trafalgar Day is an important day in both the Naval and Sea Cadet calendar, as the Sea Cadets are taught and continue to uphold the finest traditions of the Naval Service.”

Jordan Kemp, marketing & communications manager at trentbarton, said:

“We’re proud to have supported the Sea Cadets in their commemoration of this important date in our naval history. It was great to see so many young people from our communities take part in the celebration.”

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