RMB Chivenor’s Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines are to be given the freedom of Barnstaple.
Barnstaple Town Council voted to award the regiment with the honorary freedom of the town in recognition of the historical connections and contribution to Barnstaple.
The freedom of the town allows the regiment to march through the Barnstaple on occasion. The official scroll will be presented at a special civic ceremony, and an official march to celebrate the occasion is planned for 2019.
Councillor Ian Roome, Chairman and Mayor of Barnstaple Town Council said: “Being an ex-servicemen based at RAF Chivenor, it was a great pleasure to propose to the full council that the Commando Logistic Regiment, Royal Marines be granted the Honorary Freedom of the Town.
“This is the highest honour that the town council can bestow on an organisation and I’m delighted that the town council recognises the contribution that the serving personnel and families make to our community.
“I’m sure that this relationship between the Commando Logistic Regiment, Barnstaple Town Council and its community will continue to foster good relations for the future.”
The Commando Logistic Regiment is home to nearly 800 personnel across all three military services. It includes Royal Marines, Mechanical Engineers, Medics and Logisticians.
Commanding officer, Lt Col Aldeiy Alderson, said: “I am delighted to hear that the Commando Logistic Regiment has been granted the Freedom of Barnstaple.
“It is such a mark of respect and support for our Royal Marines, soldiers, sailors and civilian staff, it is a great honour. I look forward to exercising our right in the coming months.”
The relationship between Barnstaple Town Council and the Commando Logistic Regiment was instrumental in the town’s twinning with Harstad, Norway, in 2016. The Norwegian town having long been the location for winter training for marines based at RMB Chivenor.
Kate Graddock, deputy town clerk said: “The town council regards the commitment of RMB Chivenor and its personnel as a privilege, and as an opportunity to work together to the benefit of the people of Barnstaple on many levels.
“Granting the freedom of the town was a decision by councillors and a fitting tribute to mark our long association with RMB Chivenor.
“We look forward to our community coming together for a freedom march to celebrate this special award to the Commando Logistic Regiment, Royal Marines.”