A LARGE crowd of friends and family joined the special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parade staged by 40 Commando Royal Marines at Norton Manor Camp earlier this month.

The central focus of the event at the base on the outskirts of Norton Fitzwarren was the awarding of Platinum Jubilee medals in recognition of Royal Marines who have given at least five years’ service.

Presenting the medals, Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow said: “I was honoured to present these medals in recognition of the invaluable work our Marines do whether it be responding to emergencies or wide ranging conflicts around the world where their outstanding professionalism, dedication, and bravery in challenging circumstances shines through.

"I want to thank not just those receiving medals but all at 40 Commando for the work they do and also the families and friends that support them.

"I reflect too on the success of the campaign which I was proud to spearhead working with others, to retain 40 Commando at Norton Manor and not be transferred to Plymouth as had been proposed.

"This is so important to the local area in terms of the contribution the camp makes to the economy and to the community."