HMS Grafton prepares to say goodbye

HMS Grafton docked at Ipswich Waterfront for the final time today - with dozens of people queuing to say goodbye.The warship was adopted by the town in 1996, but the affiliation is soon to come to an end.

HMS Grafton docked at Ipswich Waterfront for the final time today - with dozens of people queuing to say goodbye.

The warship was adopted by the town in 1996, but the affiliation is soon to come to an end.

The ship is being decommissioned by the Royal Navy this spring and sold to the Chilean navy, but will spend five days in the town.

During the stop over the ship's bell and a name board will be presented to the Mayor of Ipswich, councillor Bill Wright.

See tomorrow's Evening Star for the full story and a Goodbye Grafton picture special.