It was an annual tradition that began in the 1950s: the Royal Marines put on a pantomime at their barracks at Deal in Kent. But when they relocated to Portsmouth sixteen years ago, the Pantos stopped.
Now, former Marines still living in Deal have revived the idea - and "The Wizard Who's Odd" starts tonight. David Johns has been to see rehearsals and spoke to Wally Walters ("Royal Maureen"), Alan Upton ("Dorrity") and Brian Short (writer and director)
An annual tradition that began in the 1950s where the Royal Marines put on a pantomime at their barracks in Deal in Kent has been revived.
When the unit relocated to Portsmouth fifteen years ago, the panto ended. But now, ex-Marines still living in Deal have re-launched the panto. David Johns has been speaking to Brian Short and Alan Upton.
VIDEO: Hundreds of people lined the streets of a Hampshire town today to pay their respects to a Royal Marine, killed in Afghanistan. Heather Edwards reports.
An initial review into the death of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed the killings was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.
27-year-old Corporal David O'Connor, from Havant in Hampshire, was fatally injured while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.
Corporal Channing Day, 25, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, was also killed.
An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police but who was not wearing uniform at the time, also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.
A Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan has been described by his commanding officer as "one of the best."
Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, after being injured on patrol with C Company in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.
Cpl O'Connor, who lived in Havant, Hampshire, was deployed to Afghanistan at the end of September.
A statement released by his family said: "David's family and friends are greatly saddened by his loss and hope to be left to grieve privately."
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson, Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, 40 Commando Royal Marines said Cpl O'Connor "was loved and respected by those around him and was relentless in the pursuit of excellence in his duties."
The daring deeds of the Cockleshell Heroes have been commemorated once again today after blue plaques were unveiled in Portsmouth. The plaques can be seen on two houses where the Royal Marine Commandos trained for their 1942 mission to destroy German shipping at Bordeaux Harbour.
The Oxfordshire town of Carterton will once again pay its respects to soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Royal Marine, Sgt Luke Taylor from Bournemouth and Lance Corp Michael Foley, who first served with the Logistic Support Regiment in Abingdon, are among three servicemen whose bodies are being flown into RAF Brize Norton.
Over the course of his impressive career, Sergeant Luke Taylor gathered extensive operational experience doing a job that he loved. He sought out new challenges and tackled them with enthusiasm and a determination to succeed. He was a selfless, dedicated and talented Royal Marine.