26 July 2018
Durham Army Cadet Sergeant Marc Hague, 17 from Sheild Row, Stanley has embarked on a voyage of remembrance, adventure and personal development to mark a century-old anniversary. In the splendour of Tower Bridge and the River Thames, Marc boarded the Tall Ship Lord Nelson and has set sail from London to Edinburgh on a ten-day voyage.
Marc is one of 97 Army Cadets to undertake the challenge which is being staged to mark the close of the First World War this year. Marc has been selected from the entire UK Cadet Forces.
The Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge is the ultimate nod to the armed forces and their sacrifice for their country. Each 10-day voyage will see 12 injured service personnel and 24 cadets and instructors aged 16-25 working as a team to sail the ship to the next capital city, climbing the mast, helm the ship, setting the sails and much more. Marc is set to steer the ship in the early stages of the voyage.
The team will work together to sail around Great Britain on board a specially adapted tall ship, changing crew every 10 days in each capital city (London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff), In each change over port there will be a celebration of remembrance, inclusivity and diversity. Marc will dock in Edinburgh and participate in a parade at Edinburgh Castle to end his amazing thought provoking experience.
In each capital city hundreds of cadets and local supporters will have the opportunity to visit the ship and participate in the festival.
Marc has raised over £700 for this opportunity to support veteran’s charities. Marc has had overwhelming support from Durham ACF, family, friends and his employer the South Causey Inn, where he works part time and we thank you all.
Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said “this looks to be an outstanding opportunity for these young army cadets supporting the amazing cause. Marc has embarked on what can only be described as a once in a lifetime opportunity courtesy of the Army Cadet Force. We all wish him well on his voyage”.