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Bangor cadet prepares for African expedition


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

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

Nationally, 60 cadets 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 this demanding adventure. Colonel John Nicholl, Commandant 2nd (NI) Battalion Army Cadet Force, said: “This is very far from being a ‘stroll in the park’, but Dirk and the other Northern Irish Cadets are well up for the challenges that lie ahead.”

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