Operation Frankton is one of the most daring, courageous and costly operations of the Second World War. Involving Royal Marines from Plymouth, the operation to attack axis shipping at Bordeaux was a high risk operation from which many did not return.

Each year I attend the special ceremony organised by the family of those who served and died on Op Frankton at North Corner in Devonport. This is where some of those who served lived.

The service today saw Royal Marine cadets, the Lord Mayor and family members join in a service of remembrance.

I laid a wreath on behalf of the city and Parliament to remember those who died.

The memorial at North Corner also remembers those from the local community who made courageous sacrifices to protect others during the war.

Operation Frankton has been turned into a film and is sometimes better known as the film’s title: Cockleshell Heroes.

It is a story I want every young person in Plymouth to know about. We will remember them.

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