Young heroes visit 42 Commando

A group of school children from Montpelier Primary School have paid a visit to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Riding Stables, Bickleigh, where they had the opportunity to work with the horses and ponies and learn about all things equestrian

Plymouth’s Armed Forces are taking time out to meet with children from across the Ocean City as part of the annual Armed Forces Week Schools Educational program.

This time it’s the turn of 42 Commando who welcomed the children to their home at Bickleigh Barracks.

The children were taught about feeding, housing and handling the horses and had the opportunity to assist with cleaning the animals. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people and I’d like to thank 42 Commando for helping make this happen.

Councillor Sue McDonald

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people and I’d like to thank 42 Commando for helping make this happen.

“We are extremely proud of our armed forces as a city so it’s wonderful that we are able to provide so many children with an opportunity like this.”

Around 1,000 children from schools including Keyham Barton, Tor Bridge High, Pomphlett Primary, Boringdon Primary and Montpelier will be among those meeting representatives from the forces to learn more about the heritage of Plymouth.

The stables offer riding facilities for all ages and abilities in a safe and friendly environment with qualified instructors providing lessons, hacking, livery, riding and road safety training and riding.

The Royal Marines are the amphibious soldiers of the Royal Navy and, with their specially adapted shipping, are able to land and operate in any environment in the world.

Alongside 40 and 45 Commandos, 42 Commandos are one of three elite amphibious fighting units which make up the global reach of 3 Commando Brigade.