THOUSANDS of people filled the streets as 40 Commando marched through Taunton to celebrate 35 years in the town. 

Residents from across Somerset cheered as groups of marines paraded through the town in unison today (June 30) as temperatures reached 26 degrees.

The 40 Commando parade started on Priory Bridge Road and walked over the Town Bridge and down North Street where the stopped so Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Catherine Herbert and Somerset’s Vice Lord Lieutenant, Brig David Godsal inspected the troops. 

The Mayor and Lieutenant Colnel Paul Maynard, Commanding Officer of 40 Commando then made speeches to cheering crowds on North Street and thanked them for their support. 

The parade then continued along Corporation Street, The Crescent and Upper High Street to Vivary Park.

A service of commemoration and remembrance was held at the war memorial to remember members of 40 Commando who lost their lives. 

Somerset County Gazette:

Taunton Deane Mayor Catherine Herbert, said: "It was a really wonderful parade to celebrate the history of 40 Commando. 

"I think it is really important to thank 40 Commando for their hard workand to thank the public for their ongoing support to the amazing work that the marines do. 

"The remembrance service was very touching, it was nice to remember those we have lost as well as celebrate 35 years of 40 Commando in Taunton." 

Somerset County Gazette:

Lieutenant Colnel Paul Maynard, commanding officer of 40 Commando, said it was a special day for the unit and thanked the public for their support. 

"The parade has been highly successful, " Lt Maynard said.

"The relationship between us and the public, particularly in Taunton is an inspiration. 

"The continued support we have from the public is unwavering. 

"They have been here with us every step of the way.

"This parade was largely about celebrating 35 years in Taunton but it would have been remiss of us not to take a minute to pay our respects to some of our boys who have lost their lives."