A Year of Celebration in 2010
Cadet150 was a series of over 150 special events that took place the length and breadth of the UK during 2010 to celebrate the cadet forces’ 150th anniversary.
The principal ceremonial event took place on Tuesday 6 July 2010 when over 1,700 cadets and adult volunteers paraded down The Mall and were inspected by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, before joining hundreds and friends, family and VIP guests for a special Cadet150 garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
The Corporation of London also hosted a magnificent reception at the Guildhall to thank cadet force adult volunteers for their unstinting commitment, without which the cadet forces simply could not operate.
In association with the Woodland Trust, we planted 150,000 trees in locations all over the country, even managing to break a world record for the number of trees planted in one hour at one stage (20,436, if you’re wondering).
150 cadets working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participated in a unique residential camp at Britannia Royal Naval College; there was a tri-service sports fun-day at RAF Cranwell; and the largest-ever cadet force first aid competition was hosted by Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. For the first time in its history, the Sea Cadets’ traditional Trafalgar Day Parade in London in October involved all four cadet forces.
Expeditions took place to destinations as diverse as the Himalayas, the Italian Dolomites, Peru, the USA, Bavaria, Kenya and Namibia, as well as a special expedition to Lesotho in southern Africa, of which Prince Harry was the Patron.
The year of commemorations drew to close with events on Remembrance Weekend in November.
The year fully achieved its joint objectives of giving current members a year to remember, while also highlighting to society at large the extraordinary achievements of this remarkable organisation.