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Birmingham Royal Marines receive Freedom of City

Royal Marines receive Freedom of Birmingham City Photo: Birmingham City Council

The Royal Marines have received one of the highest and oldest regional accolades after they were awarded the Freedom of the City in Birmingham today.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood presented the Freedom Scroll during a special ceremony outside the Council House in Victoria Square.

The Royal Marines are now the 16th armed forces unit to receive the Freedom of the City, which means that they can "march with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed."

"The City is very proud to honour the Royal Marines and recognise their very strong links to Birmingham by bestowing upon the Corps the Freedom of the City. I hope that many people will come along to watch the parade and join in the celebrations."

– Anne Underwood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham
Birmingham Lord Mayor presents Freedom Scroll Credit: Birmingham City Council

"It is a real privilege for the Royal Marines to be given the Freedom of the City of Birmingham. This honour, the city's highest, demonstrates the strong and enduring relationship between the Royal Marines and Birmingham."

– Major General Charlie Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines
Birmingham Lord Mayor presents Freedom Scroll Credit: Birmingham City Council

Birmingham's strong connections with the Royal Marines go back over 100 years - with city-born Sergeant Norman Finch receiving the Victoria Cross in 1918 after a raid on Zeebrugge.

The Royal Marines Reserves have also had a Birmingham detachment since 1957, which is currently based at HMS Forward in Bordesley Green.