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."
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.