City privileged to display HMS Hood’s bell

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PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard said it will be a priviledge to display the bell of HMS Hood hoisted earlier this week, previously reported in The News.

The object will form a memorial for the 1,415 men who died at sea, where only three survived, in the 1941 disaster.

Matthew Sheldon, of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, says it is an exciting time for the city.

He said: ‘If you are going to save one thing that will represent the spirit of the ship and can be a memorial to all of those men who died then it should be that bell.’

‘Not only will this form a memorial but an area to teach people about the history of HMS Hood and the bell itself.

‘We are really excited and want to do it right.’

The time taken to restore the bell is difficult to determine; time varies dependent on how much work is done.

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Mr Shelon added: ‘Ted Briggs [one of three survivors] was closely invlolved in the plans to get the bell up at sea.

‘That is really powerfil and the fact he has a link to it just makes it that much more powerful.’