‘Amazing’ experience in the presence of royalty

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Two cadets from Harrogate Sea Cadets Corps were specially selected to form an Honour Guard for the Duke of York.

Rosie Lischke and Abi Langford, both 17-years-old were among 15 sea cadets from across the region to meet Prince Andrew, Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps during a special World War Two commemoration in York last week.

The girls, who are both St Aidan’s C of E High School pupils, lined the steps of York Minster as part of the annual Kohima Commemoration, which marks a decisive battle in World War Two over the Japanese.

Abi Langford said: “I’ve never even been close to someone from the Royal family before let alone spoken to one – it was amazing!

“It was such an honour to take part in the Service and to represent the Sea Cadet Corps in this important ceremony.”

The service commemorated the Battle of Kohima in North East India which was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944, nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia.

Abi said: “The veterans were also very welcoming and it’s incredible to think what they faced all those years ago.”