Army cadets from King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Attleborough enjoy trip to London

Army cadets from King's Lynn, Downham Market and Attleborough detachments enjoyed a trip to London last month to attend the Colonel's Review of Trooping the Colour.

The event is the second rehearsal and takes place on the Saturday one week before the Queen's Birthday Parade, which this year was June 11.

The group of 10 cadets had to leave at 7am on June 4 by minibus, with the aim of getting to London in ample time for the Horse Guards Parade.

But they suffered a slight set back when a fire at an underground station suspended service on the line they had planned to take.

A slight change of plan resulted in a short walk, an overground train and a further underground journey on a different line, which saw them make it to their allocated seats in time for the start of the Colonel's Review at 11am.

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Sara Stopford-Pickering, who joined the cadets on the day, said: 'The Colour being trooped belonged to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and the event started with a riderless horse galloping onto the parade.

'After a couple of failed attempts he was finally caught and removed just as the Guards marched onto the parade ground.

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'The precision marching of the foot guards, the music and the high standard of the uniforms proved inspiring for everyone.

'After the review the group agreed it had been a spectacular event and well worth the long journey.'

The cadets were then given a bit of free time and some persuaded a guardsman to pose with them for a photo, before meeting together outside the Guards Memorial for an official group shot before making their way back to Norfolk.

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