Northumbria Army Cadets visit Normandy beaches

Five Berwick Army cadets have recently returned from a poignant visit to the beaches of Normandy ahead of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 15:32 pm
Updated Friday, 14th June 2019, 13:07 pm
The cadets from the Berwick Detachment of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force in Normandy.

They were part of a 50-strong contingent from Northumbria Army Cadet Force (ACF) who took part in a national tour, which was organised by Wiltshire ACF.

Over a one-week period, 2,000 Army cadets took part in the trip to research Operation Overlord, a key offensive in securing victory during the Second World War.

They had guided tours of Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery, Longues Battery, Pegasus Bridge and Museum and Gold Beach.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jamie Ball lays a poppy cross.

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Whilst at Gold Beach, Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jamie Ball of Berwick Detachment laid a poppy cross in memory of Normandy veteran Ted Bullock.

He said: “Visiting Normandy was an insightful experience.

“It means a lot to have been given this opportunity by the ACF to visit such a historically important place where thousands of brave men and women gave their lives.

“It will be a memory that will stick with me for my entire life.”