Marines' 348th birthday bash
ROYAL Marines have toasted the 348th anniversary of the corps with a fanfare salute and the cutting of a birthday cake.
Members of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Plymouth, based at HMS Raleigh, gathered with others who proudly wear the Green Beret within the Torpoint training establishment for the celebration. As the youngest member of the Band, Musician Emma Tavinor, aged 19, read the Corps citation and then cut the cake with Commander Steve Layland, the Commander of HMS Raleigh.
Band Colour Sergeant Gordon Carter, from Torpoint, was celebrating the Corps' birthday for the 30th time.
He said: "This is a good opportunity to get all the Royal Marines at HMS Raleigh together, including those who work as instructors in other areas of the establishment.
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"It's an example of the camaraderie, the ethos and tradition, which is so important. It's certainly a proud day to be a Royal Marine."
The Royal Marines Corps traces its origins back to the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot which was formed on October 28, 1664.