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Members of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery make Plymouth ‘proud’

Members of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery marched through Plymouth to celebrate their 60th anniversary in the Citadel. Members of the public gathered to watch the parade and cheered on serving troops and veterans as they marched together.

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery – soldiers who wear the coveted Green Beret and support the Royal Marines in battle – have left their home in the Royal Citadel to celebrate the freedom of Plymouth City and it has filled Plymouth with pride.

Many people gathered along Royal Parade to show their support on this momentous occasion. There were over 1,300 military – 300 serving, over 1,000 veterans and regimental equipment in the procession today. They were joined by an incredible military group called Senior Military Leaders. It also presented the regiment’s equipment.

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Photos were taken of the troops on parade outside a local family cafe where three soldiers are seen smiling together. We went to the event and recorded the parade Direct as it left St Andrews Cross roundabout at 11.30am.

Members of 29 Command Regiment Royal Artillery marched through Plymouth to celebrate their 60th anniversary in the Citadel

Plymothian’s commented to say they were “so proud” of those who took part in the parade and congratulated everyone there as they walked up and down Royal Parade. Also present at the event were Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon, Lord Mayor of Plymouth and Master Gunner of St James’ Park Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory to honor the history of the Commando Gunners.

A local who attended the parade said: “A superb display by 29 Commando very proud of all the guys, girls and veterans.”

Mayor of Plymouth, Cllr Terri Beer, said: “We are incredibly proud of Plymouth’s long military history and the vital role the town still plays today, as home to many military personnel. Plymouth City Council awarded 29 Commando Regiment the City’s Freedom of Honor, the highest honor we can bestow, in 1996.

“This year’s parade is a fantastic opportunity for all to show their support and appreciation for the current serving regiment and its veterans, celebrating 60 years of hard work, bravery and dedication.

Freedom of the City is the highest honor a civic authority can bestow on an individual or organization, and goes to an artillery commando unit created from the Army’s 29 Field Regiment RA in 1962 to supporting the Royal Marines, Over the next 60 years he was involved in all British military campaigns involving the Royal Marines, including Brunei, Northern Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan .

In April, our reporter spoke with WO1 Baz Green, Sergeant Major of 29 Commando, who said the event was inundated with requests from former Gunners to attend. He said: “We started with 400 veterans and now we have over 1,000, every week it’s growing. People come from Australia and the United States. This is the last chance some of these people will have to do something like this, which is why the adoption has been so great.

If you missed it, watch the full parade below:

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