Last chance to say farewell to Falklands warship

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A POIGNANT remembrance service is to be staged later this month to say farewell to one of the last surviving warships from the Falklands War.

The HMS Plymouth Association has been granted permission to the hold the event on Saturday, May 19.

It will take place on board the former Royal Navy warship which is currently moored in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

With the decision already taken by owners Peel Ports Mersey to sell Plymouth for scrap, this will be the final opportunity for former sailors to bid farewell to the ship, which was launched in 1959.

Ex-servicemen, businessmen and councillors had been involved for some time in a fight to save HMS Plymouth from the scrapheap.

But efforts to keep her preserved failed.

Despite repeated attempts to find the ship a berth either in Portsmouth or Plymouth, none became available.

That led to Peel Ports Mersey taking the decision to sell the ship to be broken up at a scrapyard in Turkey.

The service will be held at Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead.

It will begin at noon on May 19 and will be followed by a buffet reception in the Atlantic Tower Hotel in Liverpool.