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A Thousand Flowers

gsqmarinesA sinister seasonal mash-up will hit Glasgow tomorrow as Halloween horror combines with posturing Poppymania. In a very literal sense, our streets are set to be given over to one of the four component parts of the British Armed Forces, with a ceremony seeing the Royal Marines granted the city’s highest honour, the “freedom of Glasgow”.

This follows a decision made by Glasgow’s Labour council in May 2013 to honour the Marine Corps, currently celebrating their 350th anniversary, and “the dedication and sacrifices it continues to make to protect the interests of the United Kingdom.”

Hundreds of commandos will descend on George Square on Saturday morning and then, to celebrate their new status, they will stage an armed march through the city’s streets with “swords drawn and bayonets fixed”. As is now customary on such occasions, George Square itself will be turned into a glorified military recruitment fair, with a family fun…

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