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Up and away for Army cadets

PUBLISHED: 04:34 28 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

Learning military skills was combined with hairraising rides on motorbikes and helicopters for Suffolk army cadets at their annual camp.

Cadets visited Westdown Camp on the Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire.

Learning military skills was combined with hairraising rides on motorbikes and helicopters for Suffolk army cadets at their annual camp.

Cadets visited Westdown Camp on the Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire.

Around 230 cadets from the age of 13 to 17 participated in a variety of activities, including rock climbing near the town of Frome and motorbike riding.

The motorbikes were provided by the Royal Signals who are known for their daredevil White Helmets display team.

Most of the young cadets had never ridden a motorbike before, but there were different sizes to choose from to accommodate various levels of ability and stature.

They also all had the chance to experience a five to 10 minute ride in a Gazelle helicopter belonging to the Army Air Corp.

They all had to listen to the pilot's safety briefing and were then encouraged to ask questions during the brief and flight.

The County Cadet Force is made up of three companies, A, B and C.

The headquarters for A is in Bury St Edmunds, B is in Leiston and C is in Ipswich. In each company there are detachments badged to different regiments.

If you would like more information on the Suffolk Army Cadet Force contact the County Headquarters on 01473 252562.

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