Cadet Open Day success in Dundee

June 16, 2023
Large number of cadets in front of Caird Hall.

Hundreds of people in Dundee were given an insight into the Service Cadets during a Tri-Service Cadet Open Day on 3 June.

More than 100 cadets and adult volunteers set up stands in the City Square, showcasing the breadth of their activities.

These included Tag Archery, Fieldcraft, Laser Shooting, a Mobile Flight Simulator, First Aid demonstrations, and a RIB/dinghy.

Taking part in archery.
Archery was a hit with many of the younger visitors.

There was also music provided by the Pipes and Drums of the ACF Battalions of Angus and Dundee, The Black Watch, and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and the band of Dundee Sea and Royal Marines Cadets – TS Duncan. Each band put on several performances throughout the day, helping to pull in a large and appreciative crowd.

The event ran from 11am to 3pm and was designed to highlight the benefits gained from joining any of the cadet organisations.

A Sea Cadet band performance.
The band from TS Duncan.

Aside from the musical performances and stands there were also drill displays from the RAF Air Cadets, and from the Sea Cadets. The well-attended event was rounded off in style with an inter-services competition. The hotly-contested event involved dismantling and rebuilding a set of webbing. Roared on by cadets and the crowd, the team from TS Duncan won, thus securing bragging rights for the Sea Cadets.

RAF Air Cadets march past.
1145 (Dunfermline) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets put on several excellent drill displays.

Among the cadet units taking part on a very sunny Saturday were TS Duncan (Sea Cadets); Angus and Dundee Battalion Army Cadet Force, the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Battalion ACF, the Pipes & Drums of The Black Watch Battalion ACF and RAF Air Cadets from 1145 (Dunfermline) Squadron.

An ACF band performs.
The ACF Pipes & Drums were a hit with the crowd.

Many thanks to all those who took part and to the High School of Dundee for kindly providing parking facilities.

The free event built on one held in 2022 at the Reserve Centre in the city’s Strathmore Road in 2022.

Cadets running during a game.
The inter-services competition was hotly contested.