A family of Royal Marines

CAMOUFLAGE Ben Power, nine, holding an SA80 rifle on a visit to the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (114491-4069)

CAMOUFLAGE Ben Power, nine, holding an SA80 rifle on a visit to the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114491-4069)

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FOLLOWING in his father’s footsteps, young Ben Power gets a chance to dress like a Royal Marine.

Wielding a real SA-80 rifle the nine-year-old proudly wore a desert camouflage kit on a visit to the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.

Coming all the way from Bovington, in Dorset, Ben drove up with his mum and dad Martin, who finished 22 years of service as a marine in April this year.

The 42-year-old said they gave their son a choice of where to go and he picked the museum.

‘It’s a great place,’ he said. ‘It shows the evolution of the marines right from when they started through to the modern day and Afghanistan.’

Ben added: ‘I’ve been before but it was a long time ago so I couldn’t really remember very much.

‘We saw all the medals and had a look around. I want to be in the navy when I grow up.’

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