WITH birthday cake and a glass of port, trainees at the Royal Marines School of Music marked a key milestone in their history.
Around 40 Royal Marine musicians gathered at their home in Portsmouth Naval Base to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the corps.
The youngest student, 17-year-old Musician Harry Yarnell, read out the citation announcing the formation of the Royal Marines in 1664.
He then joined the most senior Royal Marine present, the Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base Colonel Mike Tanner, to cut the cake.
Musn Yarnell said: ‘It was an honour to read the citation on such a historic occasion but a bit nerve-wracking.
‘There has been a lot of talk about the anniversary in the last year and it’s good to get to the day itself.
‘It is a really historical event so to be one of the people here taking part in it is a proud moment.’
The Royal Marines have taken part in a number of events up and down the country this year to mark the formation of their corps and to raise money for armed forces charities.
They held a world record drum attempt – and beat it considerably – as well as taking part in adventurous challenges around the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace, the Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines Band Service and a Royal Marine for 32 years, added: ‘I am very proud to be part of an organisation that has contributed 350 years to the country.
‘These Royal Marines are the best of British – they are young, vibrant and intelligent.’
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