The centenary of the raid is being marked on Sunday with a brief wreath laying service on the River Mersey from one of the current ferries.

Attendees will include the grandson of Lieutenant Percy Dean from the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who received a Victoria Cross for his heroic action at Zeebrugge – one of eight that were awarded to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for this operation.

Monsignor Stephen Alker, Chaplain to the Queen, will then conduct a centenary service at the 4th Royal Marines Battalion memorial stone at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, before the Royal Marines exercise their freedom by marching through Wirral, with weapons and bayonets fixed along the promenade to Wallasey Town Hall.

The Royal Marines will be accompanied by the Royal Band, as well as Royal Navy Reservists, Royal Marines veterans and cadets.

The service begins at 11am with the promenade march beginning 30 minutes later.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Anne McLachlan said: “This will be a truly memorable occasion and a significant opportunity for Wirral to remember those who took part in the Zeebrugge Raid.”

Brigadier Haydn White, Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines, added: “I am very grateful to the Mayor and people of Wirral for allowing the Royal Marines to commemorate this important Centenary event; it will be a very special day for both the serving Corps and our veterans.”

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