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HMS Portland Staff Awarded Freedom of the Borough

HMS Portland  Plymouth Sound dec 2012

10:37am 10th May 2013

We're being invited to help officers and company of HMS Portland celebrate a special honour.

A service and parade is taking place next Saturday (18th) to mark their freedom of the Borough.

Crew from the ship will be marching along the seafront.

HMS Portland is one of the Royal Navy's state of the art Type 23 Frigates and is the backbone of today's fleet.

The service and parade will be hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Cllr Margaret Leicester at 11am on Saturday 18 May at the Cenotaph on Weymouth Seafront (opposite Prince Regent Hotel). The service will be conducted by Rev Chris Brigg.

The parade will start from Prince Regent Hotel at approximately 11.15am and will go along Weymouth Seafront to the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre.

Cllr Michael Goodman, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Management Committee Chairman said: "Weymouth has a marvellous seafaring heritage and retains very strong links with the Royal Navy.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate and embrace this freedom tradition and give the officers and company of HMS Portland a tremendous Weymouth welcome."

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Margaret Leicester said: "This is an exciting day for us and HMS Portland to celebrate the freedom of the borough.  We are all very proud of the captain and the ship's company in playing their part as honoured residents of our borough."

Commanding Officer, HMS Portland Commander Sarah West Royal Navy, said: "Everyone onboard is looking forward to being able to exercise the ship's freedom of the borough by marching along Weymouth Seafront.  It will be a very memorable and proud occasion in Portland's history and I and my ship's company are delighted to be a part of it. I would like to encourage as many local people as possible to come out and see their sailors on parade."

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