The Royal Marines Reserves has received a Freedom of the Borough of Wandsworth. 

To mark being awarded the award members of the Southfields Reserve unit paraded Wandsworth town centre last weekend.

As part of the celebrations, 160 reservists, veterans and cadets converged on Saturday January 28 in the town centre and walked to the Town Hall where they were conferred with the honour  by the Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Richard Field.

The Mayor said: "This award pays tribute to the bravery and dedication of these volunteers who have served their nation with great distinction as part of this famous and historic Royal Naval force.

"We are immensely proud to be associated with them."

The unit’s commanding officer Lt Col Ed Moorhouse said: "It is a great privilege that has been bestowed upon the Royal Marines Reserve City of London by the granting and exercising of the Freedom of the Borough of Wandsworth.

"Since arriving in the borough in 2011, we have had unfaltering support from the borough council and its local residents.

"We are hugely proud of being part of Wandsworth."

The unit’s volunteers are fully trained elite commandoes. Volunteers were first recruited to the City of London reserve unit in November 1948 and its headquarters moved to Southfields in 2011.