Procession celebrates warship's visit

MARITIME history was made at Orwell Quay as Ipswich welcomed the first visit of the town's affiliated ship HMS Quorn.The 750 tonne Hunt Class Mine Hunter was greeted by civic dignitaries at Harwich, in what the ship's captain described as a “remarkable inauguration,” as it began a four day visit to the county on Friday.

MARITIME history was made at Orwell Quay as Ipswich welcomed the first visit of the town's affiliated ship HMS Quorn.

The 750 tonne Hunt Class Mine Hunter was greeted by civic dignitaries at Harwich, in what the ship's captain described as a “remarkable inauguration,” as it began a four day visit to the county on Friday.

The 44-strong crew allowed visitors an exclusive look onboard HMS Quorn, which became Ipswich's affiliated ship when HMS Grafton was decommissioned in 2006.

Earlier today a mayoral procession was led through the streets of Ipswich from the Town Hall to St Mary-le-Tower Church. The mayor was joined by the ships captain Lieutenant Commander Tim Neild and his crew as well as members of the Boys Brigade band.

HMS Quorn is now preparing for operational sea training in Scotland before crossing the Atlantic in July.

See tomorrow's Evening Star for full story and pictures.

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