The motto of the Royal Marines Association is “once a Marine, always a Marine.”
And a Marine, says Neville Ayrton, secretary of the RMA Blackpool Fylde and Wyre branch, is always “up for a yomp”.
Especially one in aid of wounded comrades.
Today, at 10.15am, after a short service of remembrance, bugler Bob Wareham will sound the last post and reveille, and 100 Marines will begin a nine mile yomp from the Cenotaph in Blackpool to Jubilee Gardens, Cleveleys and march right back.
The term yomp passed into use after the Falklands campaign in 1982, when Marines marched in full kit across inhospitable terrain with no support.
And today’s yomp has been organised by a man who took part in that historic trek as a member of 42 Commando. Paul Deacon is now local RMA branch chairman.
The first charity yomp last year covered 15 miles and raised £7,000 to help and support wounded Marines. Mr Ayrton explains: “This year’s yomp is only nine miles so should be a breeze for hardy souls who took part last year.
“Everyone is welcome to cheer us on. Members of the Corps have served in every theatre of conflict since the Second World War up to present involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“So please come and give us a ‘chuck up’, Marine slang for salute or support.”
Donations can be made via justgiving.com under Blackpool RMA yomp. Or email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.