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HMS Northumberland returns home

HMS Northumberland. Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Royal Navy frigate built at Swan Hunter returns to the North East for a six-day visit today.

HMS Northumberland will sail into North Shields, berthing at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields at approximately 10am.

She will remain until Monday, June 29th, and during her stay the ship and her crew will play host to a wide range of visitors and take part in a number of affiliation events.

The highlight of the visit will be on Friday, June 26th, when 160 members of the ship's company will proudly march in a spectacular Freedom Parade through the county town of Morpeth.

HMS Northumberland will be open to the public on Armed Forces Day, Saturday June 27th, between 11am and 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm.



Armed forces celebration cancelled

A event in Durham to celebrate servicemen and women has been cancelled because of the recent heavy rain.

The free Jubilee Proms in the Park concert had been due to take place on Sunday afternoon but organisers say the ground is too wet for it to go ahead. The event was arranged ahead of Armed Forces Day, next Saturday 30 June.

But the chairman of the council will still carry out a veterans' badge presentation and host afternoon tea for veterans and their families in County Hall.

“This would have been a very enjoyable musical event, planned for residents and visitors of Durham but the recent weather conditions and the forecast for Sunday mean that it would have been a wash out unfortunately."

– Linda Marshall, chairman of Durham County Council