ROYAL Navy and Royal Marine reservists from Liverpool have gone on the trip of a lifetime – guarding spectators at the Olympic Games.
Around 40 men and women from Merseyside yesterday deployed to London, where they will be part of the team keeping millions of visitors safe.
The unit, from the HMS Eaglet base, in Brunswick Dock, are not part of the 3,500 military personnel drafted in at the last minute when security firm G4S failed to provide the 10,000 staff it promised.
Commander Phil Russ, the commanding officer of HMS Eaglet, told the ECHO all those involved were “very excited” to be part of the festivities.
He said: “The Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime event so this is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of such a big moment for Britain.
“We will receive the training we need before the Games begin at the end of the month.
“We know members of HMS Eaglet will be working in the Olympic Park and Greenwich Park, which will host the equestrian competitions, plus the combined running and shooting event of the modern pentathlon.”