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Royal Marines Granted Freedom Of The City In Birmingham

In a special ceremony outside Birmingham City Hall, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham praised them for their heroic deeds and close ties with the...

Royal Marines Freedom of Birmingham

The Royal Marines have been awarded the Freedom of the City in Birmingham during a ceremony.

In a special ceremony outside the City Hall, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham praised them for their heroic deeds and close ties with the city.

Veterans, current soldiers and cadets then paraded to the sound of the Royal Marines band.

Officials in the city say that the honour was being given due to the "close relationship of our people with the Royal Marines".

Birmingham has a permanent Marines presence in the form of a 61-year-old Royal Marines Reserve detachment.

The new head of the Corps, Commandant General Major General Charlie Stickland was at the celebration, and said beforehand:

"Although this great city is positioned in the centre of the country, far from the sea, it has many links with the Corps.

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"In recent years, the Royal Marines have been hugely indebted to Selly Oak Hospital and then more recently the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for its truly outstanding support of our hundreds of casualties from both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

"We will be forever grateful for their medical staffs’ surgical skill and subsequent care when dealing with our wounded colleagues."

The Royal Marines are the latest military unit to be honoured by the city of Birmingham, going back to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1946.

Already on the city’s roll of honour are Type 42 destroyer HMS Birmingham, the local Royal Naval Reserve establishment HMS Forward and current destroyer HMS Daring.

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