The official launch of our CCF Unit took place this week.  The first cadre of Cadets paraded and took part in training exercises under the close scrutiny of Lt Col Jason Durup,Commanding Officer of the City of London Royal Marines Reserves – all passed with flying colours!  

In his address, Lt Col Durup revealed that it was his first full day in post! He said it was a great honour and privilege to open the unit and welcomed the cadets into the Royal Marine family. Through the youth training programme cadets would develop many qualities that would serve them well in whatever they chose to do in life: teamwork, leadership, resilience and commitment. He gave the cadets some words of advice:  “treat others as you would wish to be treated, always do the right thing, always behave with integrity and humility, never stop listening and learning and always, always be infectiously inclusive.”  Lt Col Durup thanked everyone who had helped get the unit off the ground.  He said that the day had been a great success and was certain the unit would continue to enjoy success in the future.

Invited guests included The Mayor of Greenwich, Cllr Christine May, Master of the Stationers’ Company David Allan, Past Masters Helen Esmonde and Kevin Dewey, Mr Hugh Player from Greenwich Hospital, Chair of Governors & Stationer, Sue Pandit, members of the Stationers’ Company, parents/carers and grandparents of cadets.

David Millar thanked Lt Col Durup and invited guests for attending.  He said that Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy were very proud to be only the third Royal Marine unit in London. It had only been made possible by sponsorship from the Stationers’ Company and Greenwich Hospital.  The CCF unit was open to all students from Year 10 upwards; “the cadets did themselves proud today and would be a source of inspiration and pride for the Academy in the future.” He said.

Photography by Michael Nolan