Midlands march for HMS Collingwood sailors

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SAILORS from HMS Collingwood travelled to the midlands for an important march to mark the Jubilee.

Dozens of sailors have marched through the Staffordshire towns of Stone and Stafford to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics.

HMS Collingwood, which is based in Fareham, was granted the freedom of Stafford nearly 33 years ago.

Commanding officer Commodore Michael Mansergh said the freedom of Stafford was ‘an honour we are very proud of.’

He said Royal Navy sailors were ‘exercising our right to march in Stafford’ to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London hosting the 2012 Olympics.

The sailors and local army and sea cadets and borough council representatives attended a service at St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church in Stone.

Stone was originally linked with the Royal Navy through HMS St Vincent, which was named after the admiral of the fleet who was born near the town.

The Royal Marines Band, Collingwood, played at Parliament Square while Royal Navy volunteers lined the procession route for last year’s Royal Wedding.