Service for Royal Navy today at Weymouth seafront
8:10am 18th May 2013
Weymouth is to salute the men and women of Royal Navy at a special ceremony along the seafront today (Saturday 18th May).
Officers and Crew of HMS Portland are parading through the town to celebrate their freedom of the borough.
Dozens of people, including councillors and the mayor, are expected to turn out and welcome the warship and its staff.
The service gets underway at the Cenotaph at 11am. 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."
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."
HMS Portland remains one of the most effective warships in the world whose motto 'Craignez Honte' means 'Fear Dishonour'.