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History of the Romsey Old Cadets


The association was formed back in 1963, but the actual first year of the unit was in 1962.

A group of friends from the Romsey area, all of whom had been youths together and joined the Army Cadet Force, decided that due to their love of fun, and their ability to all play musical instruments, they would enter a local carnival dressed as Arabs, or as they titled themselves “The Sons of the Sand”.

Causing a sensation they advertised for like minded gents to broaden their musical sound. As numbers grew an association was formed in 1963.

Since this time they have performed as far north as Manchester, with regular visits to Spalding in Lincolnshire, as far West as Taunton, and East as Hastings.

The band’s credits abroad include France, Germany and Jersey, with numerous television appearances, with one claim to fame being that they have even appeared on the Australian TV networks.

The Romsey Old Cadets not only take part in carnivals and displays, they also have a serious side, taking part in what they call “Green Blazer” events. These include the St George’s Day Parade in Bishops Waltham, and the Remembrance Day Parade and up until a few years ago the Earl Mountbatten Memorial Parade in Romsey.

Last but not least, Romsey Old Cadets have taken part in the Royal Hampshires Regiment Reunion Parade in Winchester.


Romsey Old Cadets

Romsey Old Cadets Carnival Showband…