It all happened at the Stone Common Plot where the Royal Marine activities team from Eastney barracks in Southsea were giving pupils and taste of life in uniform.
But the subtext to the visit for pupils at Granville Secondary School was recruitment, and the Marines had no difficulty in attracting both boys and girls to the idea. In fact, the assault course was overcrowded with females.
As one officer commented afterwards: “The Marines offer just as good a life for girls in the Marine branch of the WRENS and they can travel and have as much support as they like.”
Headmaster Mr F Roscoe commented: “It gave the children a chance to meet the armed services on a happy and informal basis.”
Among pupils who were impressed was 13-year-old David Gould who said the so-called Tarzan course was great but difficult, while fellow pupil Linda Chell was still full of energy after eight times over the same course.
The visit included music by the band of HMS Collingwood which had close associations with Stone, so it was apt that three buglers drew their attention to a judo display while the Marines packed up at the end of the day.
Naval careers officer, Commander A H MacDonald concluded: “The exercise has created a happy liaison between the Royal Marines and Stone schoolchildren.”
But did any of them join up?