Finlay sets sail from Lochaber Sea Cadets with eye on a coveted Green Beret

Lochaber Sea Cadet Finlay Dempster prepares to set off for Royal Marine training. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F30 Lindsay Dempster Sea Cadets
Lochaber Sea Cadet Finlay Dempster prepares to set off for Royal Marine training. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F30 Lindsay Dempster Sea Cadets

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When Finlay Dempster joined Lochaber Sea Cadets, TS St Christopher,
at the age of 10, he had his sights firmly set on making a career in the
Senior Service.

Now, having just turned 17, he is instead swapping his cadet uniform for one of the Royal Marines instead of the Royal Navy.

Other than giving Finlay a grounding in some of the skills which will give him a head start in military training, he has also been an exemplary, award-winning cadet and the current record holder for the Cadets’ Commando Speed March of 43 minutes 17 seconds.

Contested annually with Sea Cadet groups from across the North of Scotland, the contestants run the seven-mile course carrying a 16lb pack and thanks to Finlay and several predecessors, the winner’s cup has never left Lochaber.

Also setting him in good stead for what is to come, he went on to run the same Achnacarry course with members of the Royal Marines Association in an hour and two minutes carrying a full 36lb pack.

Sea Cadets Commanding Officer, Derick Campbell, told us: ‘We have seen
Finlay really coming on and developing since he joined the Sea Cadets. He has always played an enthusiastic part in all of our activities and the whole ship’s company wish him the best of luck as he sets off for his Royal Marine basic training this week in preparation to earn the coveted Green Beret.’