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ENTHUSIASTIC crowds gathered around a Royal Marines band to hear a live performance.

The Royal Marines School of Music training band performed in Gunwharf Quays during lunchtime yesterday.

The Royal Marines School of Music band played at Gunwharf Quays ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132081-

The Royal Marines School of Music band played at Gunwharf Quays ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132081-

They started from Vernon Gate before marching to the Old Customs House pub.

There they performed two songs, as crowds gathered and cheered.

The band were on the move again, as they played their instruments and marched to the Spinnaker Tower and carried on with their half-hour set.

Finally the band ended with Congratulations, in honour of the birth of Prince George.

Caroline Machin, 52, of High Street, Cosham, was particularly thrilled to see them as it was her birthday.

The teacher said: ‘It was absolutely wonderful, and it was extra good as it was my birthday.

‘I just came to Gunwharf as a trip, so it was great to see the band so up close and personal.’

At the end of the performance, band members removed their famous pith helmets, and mingled with the crowds.

Major Jason Burcham, director of music, said: ‘For us, this was a training opportunity.

‘It was a beautiful, sunny day and we had a big crowd at Gunwharf.

‘We were able to wear our full dress, get some training, and of course treat the public to a musical display by the Royal Marines Band.’

He added: ‘There was quite a big crowd, bigger than I expected, and I hope they all enjoyed it.’

Louise Thompson, 43, had been eating lunch with daughter Freya, seven, when they saw the band march past.

Freya said: ‘I thought they were fantastic.

‘It’s great they can play an instrument and march at the same time.’

The band will be performing again in Gunwharf Quays at 1.30pm today, and at The Guildhall on August 9.

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