Cadets pull field gun 13 miles to Ravenscar

Sea cadets and instructors with their miniature field gun (to order photos ring 01723 353597)

Sea cadets and instructors with their miniature field gun (to order photos ring 01723 353597)

By Dave Barry

Sea cadets hauled a miniature field gun 13 miles from Scarborough to Ravenscar, to raise funds for their unit.

The replica gun, mounted on wheels, was made in memory of cadet Sean Park, who died of an asthma attack in 1992, aged 14.

Cadets aged 10-18 were joined by adult instructors on their arduous journey up the coast, starting at Scarborough lifeboathouse and following the old railway track.

They collected £116.15 on the annual walk and are waiting to find out how much more has been raised in sponsorship, said petty officer Jordan Hanlon.

The money will be used to give cadets the best cadet experience and help them gain qualifications while travelling the country to military bases.

Unit activities include sailing, power-boating, rowing, Duke of Edinburgh awards and meteorology.

The unit has about 100 cadets who meet at the former St Thomas’s Church in East Sandgate on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

Many naval units hold field-gun pulling competitions. The custom dates back to the 119-day siege of Ladysmith in the Boer War in South Africa in 1900, when the country was a British colony.

The defenders were helped by the last-minute arrival of guns with improvised mountings.

The officer responsible then came up with the idea of field-gun competitions in Portsmouth.

It was later extended to the whole country.