August 11th 2014


A Royal Naval Reservist from Newark had the opportunity to see the Commonwealth Games close-up after being deployed to assist with access control, security screening and marshalling at the event.

Matt Larkin, aged 51, joined the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) in 1998 and specialises in communication information systems within his Reserve role meaning he is responsible for radio and visual communications on land and at sea during operations.

Matt was deployed to Glasgow, where the Commonwealth Games were held, along with a number of other Reservists from around the country, from July to August and has said there were many highlights from this time.

Reflecting on the event Matt said: “Highlights have been meeting both members of the public and the game makers, known as Clydesiders, seeing parts of the opening ceremony, seeing some famous people in the crowd and watching Her Majesty The Queen’s opening address.

“I had a similar role at the London Olympics helping out with security matters, so this was one of the reasons I was suitable for deploying to the Commonwealth Games on this occasion.”

During the event Matt worked alongside members of the Army and Royal Air Force and met up with other Reservists from elsewhere in the country he had met on training exercises previously.

Matt continued: “Being a Reservist opens up many opportunities and I have been honoured to attend both the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games to help to keep the general public safe at the events.

“The opening show in Glasgow was excellent. It all become ‘real’ when we arrived to the rehearsal for the opening night and thousands of spectators were expected. The atmosphere was like a festival and there was a genuine sense of excitement in the air throughout the event.”

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