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.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019, 15:32
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.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jamie Ball lays a poppy cross.

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

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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.”