Band to join battle commemorations

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THE Royal Marines Band is set to to remember a naval battle.

HMS Bulwark is collecting the massed band of the Royal Marines, and the Royal Navy’s ceremonial Royal Guard, before sailing on Friday round to the Orkney Islands.

The ship leaves tomorrow for the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland in and around Scapa Flow.

The battle saw the loss of 8,645 men – 6,094 British and 2,551 German.

Captain James Parkin, captain of HMS Bulwark said: ‘I am honoured that HMS Bulwark is able to play such a significant part in the Jutland 100 commemorations.’