Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets celebrate 80th anniversary of HMS Belfast

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 March 2018

Cadets from the Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets with veteran Fred Wooding who served on the HMS Belfast  from 1948 - 1950, celebrating the ship's 80th birthday. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Cadets from the Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets with veteran Fred Wooding who served on the HMS Belfast from 1948 - 1950, celebrating the ship's 80th birthday. Picture: Sandra Rowse


Sea cadets were welcomed to celebrate the 80th birthday of the HMS Belfast with a special anniversary weekend.

Members of the Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets were invited on board the iconic ship on Saturday were they took part in fun activities and workshops and met surviving veterans from HMS Belfast’s 80-year history.

They were also treated to a nine-tiered ship inspired cake created by 2017’s Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo.

She said: “I am truly honoured to have been asked to make the cake to support the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of HMS Belfast.

“Being a serving officer in the army, I relish the opportunity to mix my military background with my interest in baking, so I’ve put my heart and soul into making this nine-tiered cake, which I hope people will come along and enjoy on the anniversary weekend.”

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