Remembering HMS Hood

CANVAS Artist David Folland with his painting HMS Hood

CANVAS Artist David Folland with his painting HMS Hood

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AN artist has produced an original painting of HMS Hood to mark 70 years since she was sunk during the Second World War.

The naval disaster on May 24, 1941 claimed the lives of 1,418 men. Only three sailors survived.

David Folland, 57, has spent two weeks painting Hood. The first of 50 prints, which is signed by the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, is being auctioned online for forces’ charities.

The former Portsmouth Grammar School pupil, who now lives in Wales, said: ‘The story of HMS Hood resonates very strongly with me. It was an amazing ship and there is an amazing story about the brave sailors who served in her.’

The auction deadline is 9.45am on Monday. Visit bfbs.com/ bigsalute/auctions.

A memorial will be held to HMS Hood at the Royal Naval Memorial on Southsea Common on Tuesday at 11.30am.

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