Royal Marines go back 50 years with a uniform change

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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.

The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-783)

The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-783)

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

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''(l-r) Bugler Perry Lawrence, Cpl Bugler, Chris Mace, Bugler Mark Metelko. ''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-) PPP-140411-160014001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''(l-r) Bugler Perry Lawrence, Cpl Bugler, Chris Mace, Bugler Mark Metelko. ''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-) PPP-140411-160014001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''(centre) Lt Colonel Nick Grace inspecting the new uniform. ''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-758) PPP-140411-160036001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''(centre) Lt Colonel Nick Grace inspecting the new uniform. ''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-758) PPP-140411-160036001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-793) PPP-140411-160058001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-793) PPP-140411-160058001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-809) PPP-140411-160109001

143086_RMSM_04/11/14''Royal Marines School of Music at Portsmouth Naval Base, Portsmouth.''For the first time since the mid-1960s the musicians wear full-length dark blue greatcoats.'The Royal Marines' Portsmouth Band will be first to parade the new look at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London on November 9'Picture: Allan Hutchings (143086-809) PPP-140411-160109001