Royal Marines Freedom of the City of Birmingham.

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Royal Marines Freedom of the City of Birmingham Parade

24/02/2018

If you want to see the finest elite naval infantry and military band in the world parading through the streets of Britain’s second city… get yourself to Birmingham for 11.20am on Saturday.

The people of the West Midlands powerhouse are bestowing the Freedom of the City on the Royal Marines – the commandos and the RM Band – curtain-raiser to 70 minutes of Naval pomp and ceremony…75 miles from the nearest sea.

City leaders decided that given the “close relationship of our people with the Royal Marines” the Corps was worthy of its highest honour.

There is a permanent RM presence in Birmingham in the form of a 61-year-old Royal Marines Reserve detachment (which comes under RMR Mersey), sharing a home with the city’s RNR unit, HMS Forward, a stone’s throw from St Andrews.

They will be joined by the new head of the Corps, Commandant General Maj Gen Charlie Stickland, the men of 40 Commando, personnel from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, the RM Band Collingwood, veterans and cadets, all marching into Victoria Square at 11.25 on Saturday.

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-a...l-marines/180224-freedom-of-birmingham-parade
 

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I've pondered why Birmingham's annual 'Frankfurt Christmas Market' is not reciprocated with a 'Birmingham Christmas Market' in the German city. :confused:
 

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