HMS BLYTH VISIT TO THE TOWN
The Commanding Officer of HMS Blyth, Lieutenant Commander Matt Sykes and six members of the ship’s company travelled to the town of Blyth on Thursday 10 September 2015 to meet the Mayor of Blyth, Councillor Margaret Parker, and guests to take part in a special memorial service.
The service was held in recognition of the important part that the town played in naval history during both world wars and celebrated the close affiliation between HMS Blyth and the town. The ship last visited Blyth in 2010. Lt Cdr Sykes and the ship’s company also visited The Dales School, a special needs primary school with whom they have had a close affiliation since the ship was commissioned.
Lt Cdr Sykes said: “I was delighted to be able to bring some of my crew to Blyth and to continue building on the previously established affiliations with both the Town Council and The Dales School.
“The memorial service is a great opportunity to remember the important role that Blyth has played in naval history playing a major part in shipbuilding and hosting naval warships in both world wars.
“It is essential that we maintain the relationship between HMS Blyth and her affiliations, despite the constant demand on the Mine Counter Measures community to fulfil their commitments around the world protecting our nation’s interests.”
Three members of the ship’s company were especially chosen as they are local to the town. Leading Diver Coates, aged 30 is from North Shields. He said ‘It was a nice opportunity to be able to show people in my local area what the Royal Navy and HMS Blyth do on a day to day basis around the world. It was a pleasure to be able to inspire and educate the younger generation especially so close to home and so close to the sea.”
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Parker, thanked the ships company for attending and commented that “The Town Council is delighted to renew our connection with HMS Blyth. We have followed their vital work around the world and are grateful for their service. Blyth is proud of its associations with the Royal Navy and HMS Blyth and looks forward to welcoming the ship and the crew in the future”.
Photograph Courtesy – The Image Farm Northumberland