Instead of the usual wander to Rosia and Europa I headed off in the opposition direction to Marina Bay. More commonly called Ocean Village these days with the new investment and development that has sprung up since the original marina was developed.
And it has to be said, since Partner had forgotten to buy bread/there was no bread (choose whichever you think appropriate) in Morrison’s, this was also a helpful factor in deciding on the route which co-incidentally went via Morries.
Here are some photos of Ocean Village.
And this weekend, the Royal Marines will be visiting Gibraltar to unveil a monument at Ocean Village dedicated to their role in Gibraltar’s history.
The Royal Marines’ involvement with Gibraltar dates back to 1704 when the English took Gibraltar from the Spanish. (NB to whoever is in charge of the Royal Marines website, I think you should do a history check – the Treaty of Union was 1707, some three years after the storming of Gibraltar, so the reference to the British taking Gibraltar is inaccurate).
The Capture of Gibraltar on 24 July 1704 is one of the Corps’ Memorable Dates, as is the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.
Although the RM do not carry individual battle honours, their badge does carry the word ‘Gibraltar’ referring to their role in the first Spanish siege of the Rock, which was also in 1704, shortly after the Spanish had been defeated.
So it is hardly surprising that Gibraltar feels a special affinity for the role of the RM in the Rock’s history and in 1996 they were granted the freedom of Gibraltar.
The new monument will be unveiled and dedicated on Saturday morning, followed by a parade in Casemates Square, inspected by the Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Garry Robison, and the parade will then march up Main Street ending at the Convent.
Sources: Gibfocus, MOD, The Royal Marines, and Wiki.