Town’s warship set to pay another visit to strengthen bonds

The crew of HMS Quorn will again march through the town behind the Band of the Royal Marines.

The crew of HMS Quorn will again march through the town behind the Band of the Royal Marines.

Ipswich’s adopted naval vessel HMS Quorn is set to arrive on a five-day visit next Thursday, November 27.

During the trip the minehunter will welcome members of the public who want to look around it on the Saturday – November 29.

The following day the ship’s company will exercise their freedom of entry to the borough by marching through the town centre accompanied by the Band of the Royal Marines.

The visit to Ipswich is equally eagerly anticipated by commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Stuart Yates and the crew of HMS Quorn.

Lt Cdr Yates said: “It is a real honour for HMS Quorn to finally exercise the freedom of entry to the Borough of Ipswich after a three year wait.

“I know all of the Ship’s company are especially proud of our strong links to Ipswich and we are looking forward to exercising that right when we parade through the town.

“We are also delighted to be opening the ship to the public and to offering local people the chance to see what life on board a minehunter is like”.

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The ship will open its doors to visitors between 9:30am and 4pm with last entry at 3pm. Details of how to obtain tickets can be found by clicking: www.hmsquorntickets.eventbrite.co.uk

Ipswich mayor Bill Quinton said “It is always a proud occasion for Ipswich to officiate at any event to honour our Armed Services and HMS Quorn is particularly close to our hearts.”