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Sailors from HMS Lancaster with the group of Lancastrians
Sailors from HMS Lancaster with the group of Lancastrians

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SAILORS from HMS Lancaster joined a group of Lancastrians in London to boost the relationship between the Portsmouth warship and its affiliated city.

The commanding officer of the frigate and his command team travelled to the capital for a routine visit to the Ministry of Defence.

But Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw saw the opportunity for a meeting of the Lancastrians and hosted them at the Houses of Parliament.

The group exchanged crests as a symbol of the close ties between the city and the ship.

Commander Peter Laughton, the commanding officer of HMS Lancaster, said: ‘To be invited to join both the mayor and MP for Lancaster in the Houses of Parliament was a wonderful privilege and my command team certainly enjoyed the unique experience.

‘Our affiliations are extremely important to us and I was therefore delighted that the Mayor of Lancaster was able to join 140 other affiliates last month for an action-packed day at sea in the Solent.’