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Royal Marines band's festive surprise for shoppers

Shoppers in Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays had an unexpected surprise as the sounds of live music filled the air.

From across the shopping centre, musicians from Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth band began playing the festive song, Carol of the Bells. The "flash mob" stunt was part of the Royal Navy's Yule the Waves campaign, for the making of their special Christmas video.

Laura White, Musician, Royal Marines Band Portsmouth Credit: ITV News Meridian

The video will be released on Tuesday and the Royal Navy are asking people to share it on social media to show support for naval personnel who will be away from their families at Christmas.

Corp Drum Major, Buster Brown, choreographed the performance Credit: ITV News Meridian

Royal Marine reservists' rowing challenge to new unit

Reservists in rowing challenge to mark 351st anniversary

A band of Royal Marine reservists have been canoeing from their former home in Henley to their new home in Oxford.

The new unit opens today and will compliment the other locations in Portsmouth, Henley and Cambridge. It will become a specialist training centre. Today's opening also marks the 351st birthday of the Royal Marines.

The Royal marines reservists have been rowing through the night

The reservists have been rowing since Tuesday lunchtime and will pitch up near the site of the new centre at lunchtime today for a special launch ceremony.


Because they're happy!

From the flight deck - to the parade ground - members of the Royal Marines Band Service have been busy putting together a video showing their fun side. The bandsmen and women, based in Portsmouth, filmed at several locations - including on board HMS Ocean and at Eastney seafront.

The Pharrell Williams' song, Happy, was aimed at raising a smile among colleagues, family and friends. And, seeing as the Band Service are such a musical bunch, usually entertaining the public at big and small events, it seemed only appropriate.

Royal Navy practice marching skills for Remembrance Day

More than 130 members of the Naval Services have been practising their marching skills ahead of the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday November 9.

Dressed smartly in great coats, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, 10 of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors have been preparing for the Sunday services.

For the first time since the Cenotaph Service began, a female naval officer from HMS Collingwood will be undertaking the role of Officer of the Guard 1. Credit: RoyalNavy

On Sunday the men and women will be on guard at the parade ground at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth under the watchful eye of the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Officer Warrant Officer Dickie Henderson and his team of Gunnery Instructors.


Sergeant Mark Hill to cycle 1,000 miles for charity

Sgnt Mark Hill is helping raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Credit: Royal Navy

Sergeant Mark Hill will cycle from Spain to France to help raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund

He is the only musician in the 30 strong team which will be cycling more than 80 miles a day in temperatures topping 30c.

The challenge marks the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines Credit: Royal Navy

Portsmouth Royal Marine celebrates winning top music prize

There was a large audience which was not good for the nerves. The standard was extremely high so it really means a lot to have won the trophy. Hopefully this will help my long-term career as a musician in the Royal Marines Band Service and I am looking forward to performing at some prestigious venues in this country and overseas.”

Top prize for Royal Marines musician from Portsmouth

Sophie Perriam scoops the Cassel Prize - an annual contest at the Royal Marines School of Music Credit: Royal Navy

Royal Marines musician Sophie Perriam from Portsmouth has won top prize in a prestigious solo competition. The saxophonist impressed judges at the annual contest at the Royal Marines School of Music. Thirty musicians entered the competition.

Royal Marines stage mock dawn raids in California

Marines carry our mock raids in Californian desert Credit: Royal Navy
Live firing exercises Credit: Royal Navy
Forty Commando Royal Marines took part in the mock dawn raids Credit: Royal Navy

Royal Marines have carried out live firing exercises by staging a mock dawn raid on an enemy village.

Forty Commando Royal Marines have taken part in Exercise Black Alligator in the Mojave Desert, California.

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