Royal Marines Band stars in the Navy's Christmas video

A video calling on the public to remember Naval personnel and their families at Christmas, by sharing it on social media, has been launched today (Tuesday December 8).

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth stars in the short video filmed last week at Gunwharf Quays retail outlet - just a stone’s throw from Portsmouth Naval Base, the spiritual home of the Royal Navy.

The world-class musicians surprised shoppers as they performed the popular Carol of the Bells in a specially-choreographed set, designed around the unique layout of the shopping complex.

Visitors broke into applause on completion of the rousing performance by the 47 Portsmouth-based musicians.

Corp Drum Major, WO2 Buster Brown, who choreographed the set, said: “We all really enjoyed the performance and had a brilliant response from Gunwharf shoppers. It’s a great feeling when you get such a positive response from the public.” 

He added: “We want people to watch the video, like and share it, to show their support for sailors and Royal Marines on operations around the globe.”

It is hoped the public will show their support for the Royal Navy by sharing the video on social media at www.facebook.com/royalnavy, www.twitter.com/RoyalNavy and www.youtube/RoyalNavyOfficial using #YuleTheWaves.

We want people to watch the video, like and share it, to show their support for sailors and Royal Marines on operations around the globe

Corps Drum Major, WO2 Buster Brown

Royal Navy, Royal Marine and Royal Auxiliary personnel are on duty around the globe 365 days a year. 

Deployed at home or overseas, they are supported by thousands of loving family and friends and the festive season provides an ideal opportunity for the public to show their appreciation.

Musician Laura White, who was deployed over Christmas last year on board RFA Argus in her operational role as a casualty handler, said:  “When I was away over Christmas last year, support from my family meant everything to me. Getting letters, parcels and phone calls from home really keeps you going.”

Corporal Dan Page, who was on drum kit and has a brother away over Christmas in the RAF, said: “It’s nice to be part of something that sends a message to the guys and girls on operations that we are thinking of them. My brother will be away this Christmas with the RAF and I know it means a lot to him that he has support of our family and friends.”

Gunwharf Quays welcomed the opportunity to host the band, Yvonne Clay, Senior Marketing Manager said: “When the Royal Navy travel home from duty overseas, Gunwharf Quays is the first landmark they see as they enter Portsmouth’s harbour. It’s therefore our pleasure to have hosted this very special performance from the Royal Marines Band.”