45 Commando awarded freedom of borough of north east Lincolnshire

On Saturday, May 16, 60 members of 45 Commando Group Royal Marines will proudly take part in a parade through Cleethorpes to mark receiving the Freedom of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire.

The Royal Marines are the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Infantry and are able to operate in the maritime or ground environment. 45 (pronounced four-five) Commando form part of 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, consisting of 5000 high readiness and world class amphibious troops.

All Royal Marines have successfully completed the intense basic training course which lasts 32 weeks for Royal Marines Recruits or 64 weeks for Royal Marines Officers, and they have passed the four gruelling Commando tests which earns them the right to wear the coveted Green Beret.

The home of 45 Commando is RM Condor, situated in Arbroath, Scotland and the Unit assumed Lead Commando Group on 1st May 2015, which means that they are the UK’s response to any military or humanitarian crisis, maintained at high-readiness to deploy anywhere in the world.

We hope to see as many people there on Saturday as possible and encourage everyone to join our physical training instructors for the “iron soldier” contest. It will also be a great opportunity to meet the men of 45 Commando and ask any questions about a career in the Royal Marines

Major Stuart MacCrimmon

Royal Marines from X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group will form up at 1.30pm before stepping off at 1.50pm and marching to Remembrance Gate at the end of Sea View Street.

The Freedom of the Borough will be presented to 45 Commando Royal Marines at approximately 2pm. The Royal Navy will be represented by Naval Regional Commander Eastern England and Commander Regional Forces, Commodore Martin Atherton and the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire; Alex Baxter JP will take the salute.

Commenting on the 45 Commando being granted the Freedom of the Borough, Major Stuart MacCrimmon, Officer Commanding X-Ray Company said, “It is a great honour and a privilege to be warmly invited by the people of North East Lincolnshire, to visit the town of Cleethorpes and be granted the Freedom of the Borough.

“The area has a strong and historic link with the Armed Forces and we hope to maintain this bond in the future by building on the relationships we have forged over the past months in the run-up to the parade. 

“We hope to see as many people there on Saturday as possible and encourage everyone to join our physical training instructors for the “iron soldier” contest. 

"It will also be a great opportunity to meet the men of 45 Commando and ask any questions about a career in the Royal Marines.”

The Mayor said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer the Freedom of our Borough to 45 Commando Royal Marines in grateful recognition of their service to Queen and Country. 

"Many of our citizens have been a part of 45 Commando in the past, and many will in the future, and as such, we’re proud to be associated with the corps.”

After the presentation the parade will march through Cleethorpes before returning to the starting point at approximately 2.30pm. 

The parade will be accompanied by the pomp and ceremony of The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

Both before and after the parade, a Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor will be running an “iron soldier” obstacle course at Knoll Street car park with prizes on offer to the top contestants. The obstacle course is open to members of the public between 12 noon and 4pm.