Sailors in the spotlight

Troops on parade at the Cenotaph in London
Troops on parade at the Cenotaph in London
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MEMBERS of the naval services took part in a parade in London on Remembrance Sunday.

Dressed smartly in greatcoats, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, and 10 Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors took part in the ceremonies on Sunday.

They were also involved in the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and the Lord Mayor’s Parade on Saturday.

The Royal Marines musicians took part with a new look by reverting to a uniform they last wore 50 years ago.

For the first time since the mid-1960s, Portsmouth-based musicians wore full-length dark blue greatcoats instead of capes for the outdoor performance.

The Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph was the first time they had sported this new look.