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Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms
From left: Harry, Oliver and Nicholas.
Tuesday 15th June 2010 by C. Freeman
A trio of brothers recently completed an 18-mile cross-country walk to raise money for their cadet squads and improve their fitness levels.

Nicholas and Oliver Dexter are members of the Marine Cadets based in Kettering while their younger brother, Harry, is in the Sea Cadets. They took part in the Waendal Walk at Wellingborough in May, completing it in around eight hours. Members of their family sponsored them and the walk boosted their fitness levels in preparation for the annual inspection from a senior Royal Marine officer. They each received a commemorative medal for completing the event, which attracts thousands of walkers each year.

The Marine Cadets meet twice a week at TS Pytchley in London Road, Kettering. They do physical training and drills and there is also band practice on another night. The marching band parades at local events and carnivals and recently played for the Queen's cousin when she visited Northampton recently. Both Nicholas and Year 11 student Oliver are in the band playing cymbals and side drum respectively.

The boys first started going to the Cadets after they became interested after watching their cousin's passing-out parade from the Grenadier Guards. Nicholas, who is in Year 9, signed up a year and half ago and has since been joined by his brothers. Harry, from Year 7 is due to join his older siblings in the Marine Cadets in a couple of months. He said: 'I cannot wait to join my older siblings it will be great fun to be with the others with all the help and support I will get!'

Nicholas prefers the action-packed Marine Cadet nights while Oliver enjoys the band practice as it tends to be more laid back and sociable.

The experience of going to Marine Cadets has stood them in good stead and Nicholas has set his sights on joining up eventually: 'I'd like to be a Royal Marine commando, but if I don't get into that I would either like to be in the Royal Artillery or Royal Engineers.'

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