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On Saturday 24 June, cadets from King’s College Taunton’s Royal Marines CCF Section took part in a formal parade at Norton Manor Camp, the home of 40 Commando Royal Marines, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the unit. It was also Armed Forces Day.

The 40 Commando Unit was formed just prior to the Dieppe raid in August 1942 and has since been involved in operations all over the globe, including Northern Ireland, the Falklands campaign, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan. It moved to its current home near Taunton in 1983.

As part of the Corps family, the cadets were invited to take their place alongside their parent unit on parade in front of a crowd of 1500 spectators. Cadets do not often get the opportunity to attend such large scale formal parades so there was some considerable and understandable excitement amongst the participants.

After forming up, the parade and wider audience heard from the commanding officer, Lt Col Paul Maynard RM about the history of the unit and then the Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines, Brigadier Richard Spencer OBE ADC addressed the parade.

Brigadier Spencer then conducted a review of the massed ranks and spoke to the cadets about life in the CCF and their recent successes in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy competition. This was followed by a short service conducted by the unit padre. To conclude, the unit and cadets conducted a march past the VIP dais before heading out of view. Officer Commanding the Royal Marines Section at King’s College, Capt. Steve King said, “It was a tremendous honour and privilege to have been invited to this event and an experience that our cadets will cherish for a very long time”.