IRVINE Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets put on the style with a showpiece parade and inspection.

The cadets, who are aged 10 to 18, hosted VIP and civic guests along with family and friends for their Royal Naval Parade at the unit’s HQ in Dreghorn.

A biennial event, it was all the more special as it was the first to be held since 2019 before the pandemic.

The cadets put on displays of parade drill, training and fun activities on water and land for Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Iona McDonald, and inspecting officer Commander Gary Farmer RD RN, who represented the Royal Navy.

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An awards ceremony was held at the end of the parade for cadets who had gained prizes and certificates.

Commander Farmer gave a speech after the Evening Colours ceremony and praised the youngsters for their commitment and smart turn-out.

Sub-Lieutenant (SCC) Robert Duncan RNR, commanding officer of Irvine Sea Cadets, said: “I’m elated with how the evening went.

"I’m so proud of our cadets and volunteers for the efforts that they put into preparing for the parade.

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“It was nice to be able to open our doors up to honoured guests, parents and supporters to show them exactly what we get up to at Sea Cadets.

“This is our first RNP since 2019 due to the pandemic so it’s fantastic to showcase the cadets’ talents as well as reward them for their efforts over the past year with our annual awards ceremony at the end of the evening.”

Meanwhile, the Irvine group is holding its AGM at its HQ on Dreghorn's Corsehill Mount Road on Thursday, December 14 at 7.30pm.

For further information about the group or the AGM, email