Commandos to exercise their Freedom of Arbroath for first time

45 COMMANDO on parade for Armed Forces Day. Credit:   LA Phot Pepe Hogan
45 COMMANDO on parade for Armed Forces Day. Credit: LA Phot Pepe Hogan

Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Army Commandos from 45 Commando Group will exercise their Freedom for the first time and march through Arbroath next week.

45 Commando were granted the Freedom of Angus in 2003 by the Lord Lieutenant in recognition of their service and the long and close association the Unit has enjoyed with the area.

The parade will take place on Wednesday, March 29, and coincides with the Unit’s celebration marking 45 years of being based in Arbroath.

Lt. Col. Tony Turner, the Commanding Officer of 45 Commando Group, said: “This parade marks 45 years of shared history between 45 Commando and Angus. We’ve been privileged over the years to have had such great support from the local community of Arbroath and Angus.”

The parade will march off from Victoria Park at 11am, arriving in the High Street at approximately 11.10am.

45 Commando Group deploys on tasks all around the world. It will shortly begin the year-long training process to become the Lead Commando Unit, the UK’s rapid response capability to any military or humanitarian crisis.