2015 Re-Dedication of the stone "Globe and Laurel" Monument

When the RM Barracks closed in 1996, the two stone G&Ls that were on the ends of the main accommodation block facing the parade ground, were saved during the demolition of the building and placed to one side, until 2001 when a decision was made to place one inside the Garden of Remembrance, to the eleven musicians killed in 1989, and the other was laid down just inside the main entrance to the new Deal Parochial C of E Primary School built on the grounds of what used to be the sports and training field, to remind people of the Royal Marines history of the area.
Over the years this G & L became neglected and forgotten, but with the planning of a few dedicated people, donations from the Sgts Mess Pantomime, the school, and others, the G & L has been cleaned, mosaics have been laid in the Corps colours, information boards place on either side, and the area landscaped. A lot of the work was done by year 6, with support from the Head Teacher, Ms Jasmine Brown.
The re-dedication service took place at 1100hrs on 22nd September 2015 with the whole school and teachers in attendance, and with a good turn out of former Marines and Musicians. The Deal RMA Branch and Green Beret Association Standards were paraded along with a Bugler from the Portsmouth ‘Royal Band’. The service was led by the school Chaplain, Rev Chris Spencer, who carried out the dedication by pouring a jug of blessed water over the G & L.
On conclusion of the service our Branch President, Col David Storrie addressed all those present, and this was followed by the Head Teacher inviting all for tea and cakes inside the school.
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