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Fareham memorial service marks opening of navy library

Captain Steve Dainton officially opening the library in memory of Chris Rickard

Captain Steve Dainton officially opening the library in memory of Chris Rickard

 

HISTORICAL naval items have been given a new home in a library set up in memory of the sailor who collected them.

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at HMS Collingwood in Fareham for the opening of the Chris Rickard Communications Library.

The idea began in the 1980s, but it was Chris Rickard, a former Chief Yeoman and communications instructor at the base, who began collecting the items with support from Mark Gentry.

Over the years, plans for the library encountered many setbacks and items were scattered and lost, then Chris became seriously ill and retired.

Mark kept him updated about the library, but the majority of its contents ended up in a storage cupboard.

Chris later died and it was at his service that Mark decided to open the library in memory of his friend.

A memorial service was held before attendees were invited to view the historical items contained in the 
library.

Mark said: ‘Chris was passionate about the library.

‘I knew we needed to do something.

‘He put so much effort into the library.

‘I felt his dedication should be rewarded.’

 

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