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African trek of a lifetime for young Bangor cadet

Dirk Laurens

A Bangor cadet will be heading off to South Africa this summer to join ‘Expedition Lesotho’.

Dirk Laurens from the Gransha ACF Cadet Detachment won the once in a lifetime opportunity in the face of countrywide competition.

Sixty cadets from across the UK have been selected to represent the Combined Cadet Force, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps on a three week South African odyssey, part of the year long celebrations to mark 150 years of the Cadet movement.

There are seven Cadets in the Northern Irish contingent of the expedition party and they have already met up to start training for what promises to be a demanding trip through rugged terrain.

Belfast Telegraph