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Bid to keep Lusty as tourist attraction

HMS Illustrious making her final entry to Portsmouth before decommissioning Picture: Melanie Leininger

HMS Illustrious making her final entry to Portsmouth before decommissioning Picture: Melanie Leininger

AN MP is calling for HMS Illustrious to be used as a heritage attraction.

The Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier is due to be retired from service after she returned to the city last month.

Alan Johnson, Labour MP for Hull West, is backing calls to have the ship installed as a tourist attraction in the northern city.

The statement said: ‘It would form the centre of Hull’s visitor destination ambitions focussing on the history of the aircraft carrier, invented and pioneered by the Royal Navy, as well as its roles in conflict and humanitarian effort.’

According to a statement on his website he wants the ship in the city for its time as City of Culture in 2017 to 2018.

As reported, another group has said the ship, which served for 32 years, should be kept in Portsmouth.

 

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