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Cadets from Canadian Rothesay pay visit to Bute

Craig Borland, editor of The Buteman, accepts a gift from Rothesay, New Brunswick as a group of Canadian sea cadets visit Bute.

Craig Borland, editor of The Buteman, accepts a gift from Rothesay, New Brunswick as a group of Canadian sea cadets visit Bute.

 

A group of sea cadets from the Canadian Rothesay paid a visit to their Scottish equivalent this week during a 19-day tour of Scotland.

The cadets from the New Brunswick town were part of a group of 27 spending almost three weeks in Scotland, visiting Edinburgh, Stirling, Braemar and elsewhere.

Their leader, Lieutenant Tim Thompson of the Royal Canadian Navy, told us that his father had been part of a Canadian delegation which visited Bute in the mid-1990s.

Graham Halcrow, one of the 12-strong contingent of cadets from Rothesay, New Brunswick, told us the Canadian party didn’t know a great deal about the Scottish Rothesay before the group’s arrival.

“I knew it was on an island,” he said, “but that was pretty much it. Rothesay, New Brunswick is a lot smaller - it doesn’t have any castles or ruins and the buildings are very different. And I liked the ferry ride to get here!”

 

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