THE inaugural dedication ceremony of Dunbar Sea Cadets Colours was followed by a parade down the High Street.
Along with cadets and staff from TS Valiant Sea Cadets from Musselburgh, Trinity and South Queensferry Sea Cadet Corps took part in the presentation. The Northern Area Sea Cadet band, with members from Dundee, Arbroath, Stonehaven and Perth, provided musical displays. Friends, family and guests enjoyed the day.
The assembled cadets were inspected by Rear Admiral Neil E. Rankin CB CBE, and president of the unit, who then presented the colours.
RA Rankin followed the presentation with an emotive speech on the origins and development of the Sea Cadet organisation, and its role in providing positive foundations for young people.
The Dunbar Unit has grown from strength to strength in the last few years, having been on the verge of closure four years ago, and RA Rankin gave due recognition to the roles in particular of Michael Kaszuba, officer in charge of the Unit and Jim Dow, chairman of the Unit Management Committee for their achievements in turning things around.
The colours were consecrated by Deaconess Sue Langdale. Cadets then performed a march-past along the High Street to the tunes of the Northern Area Band with the salute taken outside Dunbar Townhouse.
Guests, staff, friends and family enjoyed a reception in the British Legion with a more informal barbecue for the cadets to relax at back at the unit.
After months of preparation the day was a tremendous success and sets TS Valiant off, with her crew of proud cadets, on the next leg of their voyage.