ROYAL Marines musicians are changing their look – by reverting to a uniform they last wore 50 years ago.
For the first time since the mid-1960s, Portsmouth-based musicians will wear full-length dark blue greatcoats for certain outdoor performances, instead of capes.
They revealed their new look yesterday ahead of their first outdoor performance in the new greatcoats at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London this weekend.
The marines have welcomed the change, as the greatcoats are less cumbersome and allow them to play instruments more easily.
Warrant Officer 1 Bugler AJ Piner, 45, from Gosport, is one of those who will be wearing the greatcoats at the Cenotaph on Sunday. His father, Alan Piner, was one of the last Royal Marines to wear the greatcoats before the change to capes 50 years ago.
WO1 Piner said: ‘We are going back to a more traditional uniform and the fact that our father wore a very similar uniform is great, especially in the year of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.’
WO1 Piner serves in the Royal Marines band with sister Musician Rachel Wright and brother Sergeant Bugler Russell Piner.
Musn Wright added: ‘The greatcoats are much more comfortable for us as musicians and they enable us to move better.
‘It will be an honour to take part in the ceremony at the Cenotaph, especially this year with it being 100 years since the First World War.’
Black and white picture shows Royal Marines wearing the traditional greatcoat in 1963