Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

Royal Marines march - 30,000 turn out to cheer Commandos

First published in Shoulder To Shoulder

AN estimated 30,000 people lined the streets of Taunton town centre to welcome home the men of 40 Commando this morning.

There were cheers, clapping and flag waving as people showed their appreciation for the Marines' efforts during their six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Rain fell throughout the march and inspection outside the Market House.

Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Jefferson Horsley told the crowds: "They are indeed special to us."

Lady Gass, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, told the Marines: "Everyone is very proud of what you have achieved."

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox attended the event.

He said: "If you can brave the Taliban, we can brave the weather."

He added: "We're all here today to pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and duty of our Armed Forces and in particular 40 Commando."

Don't miss our eight-page souvenir pull-out in the County Gazette today, pictured below.

Somerset County Gazette: County Gazette Marines front

You can get your Somerset County Gazette with the pull-out from local newsagents - or call our subscriptions department on 01823-365203.

We're offering a 20% discount on copies of photos from the Royal Marines parade - click here to order yours.

There are also lots more photos from the day in our gallery - click on the photos in the Related Links section below.

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1:32pm Wed 17 Nov 10

Squid4x4 says...

i'm glad there was a lot of people that went and reading this report i hope we as member of the armed forces now get the respect we deserve........
i'm glad there was a lot of people that went and reading this report i hope we as member of the armed forces now get the respect we deserve........ Squid4x4
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7:57pm Wed 17 Nov 10

hippoandbear says...

We was there today waving our flags, and it was a honor to welcome our boys back. Fantastic atmosphere as well in the crowd.
We was there today waving our flags, and it was a honor to welcome our boys back. Fantastic atmosphere as well in the crowd. hippoandbear
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1:52am Thu 18 Nov 10

blackmasquerade says...

I recall the Gazette running a story a few months back asking readers to show support for 40 CDO RM and to let them know that they are not forgotten .

The incredible events of earlier today ably demonstrate just how much we, the citizens of Taunton and surrounding areas, value the contribution made by ‘Our’ boys and ensured you received the Heroes Welcome you so richly deserve. We stand behind you and the many other brave local men and women of our Armed Forces, incredibly proud of your efforts and the contribution you have, and continue to make on behalf of the Nation and while 14 of your comrades were sadly missing from today’s parade, they will never be forgotten.
I recall the Gazette running a story a few months back asking readers to show support for 40 CDO RM and to let them know that they are not forgotten . The incredible events of earlier today ably demonstrate just how much we, the citizens of Taunton and surrounding areas, value the contribution made by ‘Our’ boys and ensured you received the Heroes Welcome you so richly deserve. We stand behind you and the many other brave local men and women of our Armed Forces, incredibly proud of your efforts and the contribution you have, and continue to make on behalf of the Nation and while 14 of your comrades were sadly missing from today’s parade, they will never be forgotten. blackmasquerade
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11:25am Thu 18 Nov 10

mikeymike says...

Well done lads and lasses welcome home and sadly our thoughts are also with the fallen.
Well done lads and lasses welcome home and sadly our thoughts are also with the fallen. mikeymike
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1:58pm Thu 18 Nov 10

muffinhorsley says...

What a wonderful turnout by everybody for 40 commando yesterday. I felt proud as a Tauntonian to witness such an occasion.

Just one comment - as a participator of many marches in the past - I suspect the figures for the turnout was much nearer 10,000 than 30,000 as mentioned.

It doesn't detract in anyway from the occasion. There was a great sense of unity and empathy with the Marines and they deserve the accolade they got.
What a wonderful turnout by everybody for 40 commando yesterday. I felt proud as a Tauntonian to witness such an occasion. Just one comment - as a participator of many marches in the past - I suspect the figures for the turnout was much nearer 10,000 than 30,000 as mentioned. It doesn't detract in anyway from the occasion. There was a great sense of unity and empathy with the Marines and they deserve the accolade they got. muffinhorsley
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